Faculty News


Ken Frieden

Announcing the publication of Travels in Translation by Professor Ken Frieden (B. G. Rudolph Professor of Judaic Studies at Syracuse University). New York: Syracuse University Press, 2017.

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Student Profile


Maria Carson
Maria Carson (PhD Candidate) will be a Humanities Center Dissertation Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year. During the next year, she plans to finish her dissertation entitled A Tzaddik Sighs: Abraham Joshua Heschel, Affect, and Nostalgia. This project uses affect theory to discuss how nostalgia permeates the work of rabbi, activist, and scholar Abraham Joshua Heschel. This research reflects her larger interests which lie in the intersections of Jewish theology, Jewish cultural studies, and gender theory. She earned her B.A. in Religious Studies and her B.F.A. in Theatre Management from DePaul University. She has an M.A. in Jewish Thought from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. 
 
 
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Alumni Profile


Jenny Caplan

Jenny Caplan (Ph.D. 2015) will be joining the faculty of Towson University as an Assistant Professor in the department of Philosophy and Religion. She will be teaching courses focused on Modern Judaism in the Americas to both undergraduates, and MA students in the Baltimore Hebrew Institute, which is affiliated with Towson. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Religion Department at Wesleyan University, and helt previous visiting appointments at Western Illinois University and Rollins College. She earned her B.A. in religion and theatre studies from Wellesley College, and earned a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She has published on various aspects of Judaism and popular culture in journals such as The Journal of Modern Jewish Studies and Shofar, and has forthcoming essays on teaching American Jewish Humor for the MLA's Teaching Options series and Lenny Bruce and Jewish masculinity for a volume on post-Holocaust humor from Wayne State University Press.

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