Faculty

Courses are offered by renowned faculty in diverse fields.

Core Faculty
Core faculty offer Jewish Studies classes on a regular basis through the Louchheim School for Judaic Studies. Their fields range from biblical studies to sociology of American Jews.  Other faculty members on the Los Angeles campus of HUC-JIR can be found in the Faculty Directory.


Hagit Arieli-Chai, Hebrew Language Coordinator
Sarah Bunin Benor, Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies
Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam
Joshua Garroway, Assistant Professor of Early Christianity and Second Commonwealth
Kristine Garroway, Visiting Assistant Professor in Hebrew Bible
Sharon Gillerman, Associate Professor of Jewish History
Leah Hochman, Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought; Director, Louchheim School for Judaic Studies at USC
Joshua Holo, Associate Professor of History, Dean, Jack H. Skirball Campus, HUC-JIR
Lynn Kaye, Assistant Professor of Rabbinics
Joel Kushner, Interim Director, Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health; Director, Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation
Bruce Phillips, Professor of Jewish Communal Service
Yaffa Weisman, Director, The Frances-Henry Library, Adjunct Associate Professor of Jewish Studies

 

Affiliated USC Faculty
Professors at USC with a research interest in Jews or Judaism.

Anthony Anderson, Librarian, Selector for Holocaust Studies
Lisa Ansell, Assistant Director, Casden Institute for the Jewish Role in American Life
Aimee Bender, Professor of English
Lisa Bitel, Professor of History and Religion
William Deverell, Professor and Chair, Department of History; Director, Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West
Gelya Frank, Professor of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy and Anthropology
Richard Fliegel, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, USC Dornsife
Solomon W. Golomb, Distinguished and University Professor, Viterbi Chair in Communications (appointments in the departments of Mathematics and Electrical Engineering)
Wolf Gruner, Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies and Professor of History; Team Leader: USC Dornsife 2020 Research Cluster, Resisting the Path to Genocides
Judith (Jack) Halberstam, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature
Olivia Harrison, Assistant Professor, French and Italian
Selma Holo, Professor, Art History; Director, USC Fisher Museum of Art; Director, USC Dornsife International Museum Institute
Colin Keaveney, Assistant Professor (Teaching), French
Josh Kun, Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and American Studies and Ethnicity
Dan Lainer-Vos, Assistant Professor, Sociology
Paul Lerner, Associate Professor, History; Director, Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies
Dan Leshem, Associate Director, Research, USC Shoah Foundation; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature
Michael Melnick, Professor and Co-Director, Laboratory for Developmental Genetics
Donald Miller, Professor of, Religion; Director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture
Claudia Moatti, Professor of the Practice of Classics and Law
Julie Christine Nack Ngue, Assistant Professor (Teaching) of French
Jeff Nugent, Professor of Economics
Michael Renov, Professor of Critical Studies; Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Cinematic Arts
Margaret Rosenthal, Professor of Italian (affiliations in English and Comparative Literature)
Steve Ross, Professor of History
George J. Sanchez, Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity and History and Vice Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives
Hilary Schor, Professor of English, Law, and Comparative Literature
Nomi Stolzenberg, Nathan and Lilly Shapell Chair in Law
Nick Strimple, Associate Professor of Practice, Choral and Sacred Music, USC Thornton School of Music; Music Director, Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale
Lynn Swartz-Dodd, Lecturer in Religion; Curator of USC Archaeology Research Center
Ruth Weisberg, Professor, USC Roski School of Fine Arts; Director, USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities
Adlai Wertman, Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship; Founding Director, Society and Business Lab
Diane Winston, Knight Chair in Media and Religion, USC Annenberg School for Communication
Erin Graff Zivin, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature
Bruce Zuckerman, Myron and Marian Casden Directorship of the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life; Professor of Religion; Director, Archaeology Research Center