2003 Faculty Profiles and links

    • Anna Sapir Abulafia (Cambridge University)
    • Robert Chazan (New York University). Dr. Robert Chazan is currently S. H. and Helen R. Scheuer Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University.  He has taught previously at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the Ohio State University, Tel Aviv University, and Queens College of the City University of New York.  His academic training includes B.A., M.A., and PhD. degrees from Columbia University, as well as B.H.L., M.H.L., and rabbinical degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

      Professor Chazan has focused on medieval Christian-Jewish relations, including majority and minority imageries, majority violence and minority responses, majority missionizing and minority self-defense.  His books include:
Medieval Jewry in Northern France
Church, State, and Jew in the Middle Ages
European Jewry and the First Crusade
Daggers of Faith: Thirteenth-Century Christian Missionizing and Jewish Response
Barcelona and Beyond: The Disputation of 1263 and Its Aftermath; In the Year 1096
The First Crusade and the Jews; Medieval Stereotypes and Modern Antisemitism
God, Humanity, and History: The Hebrew First Crusade Narratives
    .  In addition, Professor Chazan has published numerous articles in journals in the United States, England, France, and Israel.
  • Jeremy Cohen (Tel Aviv University). Jeremy Cohen is Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center at Tel Aviv University.  Over the years, his research and publications have focused on various aspects of the multi-faceted interaction between Judaism and Christianity in late antiquity and the Middle Ages.  On the one hand, he has treated the development of Christian anti-Judaism and Jewish-Christian polemic, as in his The Friars and the Jews: The Evolution of Medieval Anti-Judaism (1982) and in his edited collection, Essential Papers on Judaism and Christianity in Conflict: From Late Antiquity to the Reformation (1991).  On the other hand, his publications have investigated the ambivalence and nuance that pervade Christian perceptions of the Jews, as in his Living Letters of the Law: Ideas of the Jew in Medieval Christianity (1999), and his edited collection, From Witness to Witchcraft: Jews and Judaism in Medieval Christian Thought (1996).  The complexities of this ambivalence are compounded in the numerous traditions and ideas shared by the two European religions; some of these Cohen has explored in his “Be Fertile and Increase, Fill the Earth an Master It”: The Ancient and Medieval Career of a Biblical Text (1989), and his latest work, Sanctifying the Name of God: Jewish Martyrs and Jewish Memories of the First Crusade (forthcoming).  His current research concerns the role of the Jews in Christian expectations of the end of days.  Cohen’s books have won three National Jewish Book Awards, as well as prizes from the American Catholic Historical Association, the Ohio Academy of History, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • Denise  Despres (University of Puget Sound). Denise L. Despres is Director of Humanities and a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.  Her scholarly expertise is in the field of Middle English devotional literature.  Her early work explored the impact of visual meditation, disseminated through Franciscan gospel harmonies and sermons, on the production of medieval mystical writing and spiritual autobiography.  Her interest in visual heuristics led to the coauthoring (with Kathryn Kerby-Fulton) of a reception study of the single illustrated manuscript of Piers Plowman, in which she set forth the devotional and literary context for this Anglo-Irish redaction, produced by a civil service scribe—a professional reader-- in Dublin’s Pale.  Recent work on medieval women’s Books of Hours similarly focuses on self-representation and devotional reading, establishing a historical, religious, and aesthetic context for marginal illustrations and texts.  She has also published a series of interdisciplinary articles on the representation of Jews in Middle English devotional manuscripts and canonical literature, such as Chaucer’s “Prioress’s Tale,” appearing in Jewish History, Modern Philology, and, most recently, Chaucer and the Jews, ed. Sheila Delaney (Routledge, 2002).  She is currently exploring the theological implications of “The Siege of Jerusalem” in Middle English devotional and literary texts, as well as engaged in an extensive research project on medieval representations of alterity with Professors Jeremy Cohen (University of Tel Aviv) and Bianca Kuehnel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem).
  • Chaim Hames (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
  • Daniel J. Lasker (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
  • Sara Lipton (SUNY-Stony Brook)

Participants' Profiles

  • Abramson, Henry. Ph.D. History. Associate Professor of History and Judaic Studies at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. Research Interests:  Modern Jewish History; Holocaust; History of Anti-Semitism. e-mail: habramso@fau.edu
  • Blades, Larry.  Ph.D. English. Professor of Humanities and English at Highline College in Des Moines, WA. Research Interests: British Literature, and Holocaust Studies. e-mail: lblades@highline.edu
  • Caroselli, Susanna Bede. Ph.D. Art History. Professor of Art History at Messiah College in Grantham, PA. Research Interests: late medieval art and architecture; medieval iconography of Jews. e-mail: scarosel@messiah.edu
  • Classen, Albrecht. Ph.D. Medieval German. Professor of German Studies at the  University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Research Interests: Middle High German, Middle English, and Old French Literatures; medieval intellectual history. e-mail: aclassen@u.arizona.edu
  • Duncan, Ronald Joseph. Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology and Latin American Studies. Professor of Anthropology and Museum Management at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK. Research interest: the rhetoric of anti-Semitism in late medieval Spain,  especially in the work of St. Vincente Ferrer. e-mail: Ron.Duncan@okbu.edu or ronduncan@cox.net
  • Gilders, William. Ph.D. Judaism in Antiquity. Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion and the Donald Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. Research interest: Judaism in Antiquity. e-mail: wgilder@learnlink.emory.edu
  • Goldstein, Jonathan. Ph.D. Chinese and American History. Professor of East Asian History at the State University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA. Research Interest: the history of Asian Jewish communities. e-mail: lulab@juno.com
  • Halavais, Mary Hoyt. Ph.D. History. Assistant Professor History at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA. Research: Moriscos, Conversos, and issues of identity in early modern Europe. e-mail: halavais@sonoma.edu
  • Horner, Timothy. D. Phil., Theology. Post-doctoral teaching fellow at Villanova University in Villanova, PA. Research interest: early Greek Christian anti-Jewish polemics, especially the work of Justin Martyr. e-mail: timothy.horner@villanova.edu
  • Howell, David B. D. Phil., Theology. Associate Professor of Religion at Ferrum College in Ferrum, VA. Research Interest: Biblical Studies; Holocaust and Christian theology. e-mail: dhowell@ferrum.edu
  • Jones, Timothy S. Ph.D. Old and Middle English Literature. Associate Professor of English at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. Research Interest: Anglo-Saxon texts; the “outlaw” in medieval literature. e-mail: tim_jones@augie.edu
  • Kader, David. LL.M., J.D. Professor of Law at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Research interest: Elizabethan law, with special interest in the case of the converso physician Roderigo Lopez. e-mail: david.kader@asu.edu
  • Kelter, Irving. Ph.D. History. Associate Professor of History at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. Research interest: Medieval and early modern history of science. e-mail: kelter@stthom.edu
  • Krummel, Miriamne A. Ph.D. English Literature. Assistant Professor of Medieval Literature at the University of Dayton in Dayton, OH. Research interest: Medieval English literature and its depictions of Jews and Jewishness. e-mail: miriamne.krummel@notes.udayton.edu
  • Lampert, Lisa. Ph.D. English. Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Medieval Studies at the University of California, San Diego in San Diego, CA. Research interest: Medieval English literature, and its depictions of gender, Jews, and ‘Others’. e-mail: llampert@ucsd.edu
  • Markovic, John Jovan. Ph.D. History. Associate Professor of History at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI. Research interest: modern eastern European history; Holocaust Studies. e-mail: jjmarko@andrews.edu
  • Martin, Francisco. Ph.D. Spanish Literature and Language. Professor of Spanish at  California State University San Marcos, in San Marcos, CA. Research interest: medieval Spanish literature and law. e-mail: fmartin@csusm.edu
  • Narin van Court, Elisa. Ph.D. English. Associate Professor of English at Colby College in Waterville, ME. Research interest: Medieval English literature; the representation of Jews and Judaism, and the formation of Christian identity. e-mail: emnarinv@colby.edu
  • Patton, Pamela A. Ph.D. Art History. Associate Professor of Art History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Research interest: Medieval art and architecture. e-mail: ppatton@mail.smu.edu
  • Ruud, Jay. Ph.D. English. Professor of English at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. Research interest: Medieval English literature; Chaucer. e-mail: ruudj@northern.edu
  • Singh, Rashna B. Ph.D. Comparative Literature. Professor of Comparative Literature  at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, MA. Research interest: Concepts of ‘otherness’ and minority communities (including Jews) in India. e-mail: rsingh@hcc.mass.edu
  • Stevenson, Barbara. Ph.D. English. Professor of English at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. Research interest: Medieval English literature, Chaucer. e-mail: bstevens@kennesaw.edu
  • Stocking, Rachel. Ph.D. History. Associate Professor of History at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. Research interest: History and law in Visigothic Spain. e-mail: stocking@siu.edu
  • Voogt, Pieter Gerrit. Ph.D.  History. Associate Professor of History and Philosophy at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. Research interest: early modern Europe. e-mail: gvoogt@kennesaw.edu
  • Zussman, Mira. Ph.D. Anthropology. Professor, Comparative Religious Studies Program at San Jose State University in San Jose, CA. Research interest: Islam in north Africa; Judaism in the Islamic world.e-mail: mzussman@email.sjsu.edu