Jewish Studies 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, Instructor, Hebrew Language Program Coordinator
Sarah Bunin Benor, Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies
Reuven Firestone, Regenstein Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam
Joshua Garroway, Associate Professor of Early Christianity and Second Commonwealth
Kristine Garroway, Visiting Assistant Professor in Hebrew Bible
Leah Hochman, Associate Professor of Jewish Thought; Director, Louchheim School for Judaic Studies at USC
Joshua Holo, Associate Professor of Jewish History, Dean, Jack H. Skirball Campus, HUC-JIR
Candice Levy, Visiting Assistant Professor of Rabbinics
Bruce Phillips, Professor of Jewish Communal Service
Benjamin Ratskoff, Visiting Assistant Professor
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, Associate Director, Casden Institute for the Jewish Role in American Life
Aimee Bender, Professor of Creative Writing
Lisa Bitel, Professor of History and Religion
William Deverell, Professor of History; Director, Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West
Richard Fliegel, Adjunct Professor of English; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Gelya Frank, Professor of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy and Anthropology; Associate, Gender Studies Program
Wolf Gruner, Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies and Professor of History; Director, Center for Advanced Genocide Research
Olivia Harrison, Assistant Professor, French and Italian and Middle East Studies
Selma Holo, Professor, Art History; Director, USC Fisher Museum of Art; Director, USC Museum Studies Program
Josh Kun, Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and American Studies and Ethnicity
Joel Kushner, Director, Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health and Director, Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation
Paul Lerner, Professor of History; Director, Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies
Jessica Marglin, Ruth Ziegler Early Career Chair in Jewish Studies and Assistant Professor of Religion
Michael Melnick, Professor and Director, Laboratory for Craniofacial Developmental Genetics
Donald Miller, Leonard K. Firestone Professor of Religion, Executive Director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture
Claudia Moatti, Professor of the Practice of Classics and Law
Julie Van Dam (Nack Ngue), Assistant Professor (Teaching) of French
Jeff Nugent, Professor of Economics and Business
Michael Renov, Professor of Critical Studies; Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Cinematic Arts
Margaret Rosenthal, Professor of Italian, Comparative Literature and English
Steve Ross, Professor of History, Director of the USC Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life
George J. Sanchez, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and History and Vice Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives
Hilary Schor, Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Stephen Smith, Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation
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, Associate Professor of the Practice of Religion; Curator of USC Archaeology Research Center
Michaela Ullman, Assistant University Librarian and Exile Studies Librarian, USC Libraries, Special Collections
Ruth Weisberg, Professor, USC Roski School of Fine Arts; Director, USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities; Founder and President of the Jewish Artists Initiative in Southern California
Diane Winston, Associate Professor and Knight Chair in Media and Religion, USC Annenberg School for Communication
Erin Graff Zivin, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature