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Jewish Studies Program


The multidisciplinary Jewish Studies Program draws faculty from a range of departments, including religious studies, global languages, English, and more.

Yudit K. Greenberg

Yudit K. Greenberg

Director of Jewish Studies Program | George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Professor of Religious Studies

French House – Room 205

T. 407.646.2176

Dr. Yudit Kornberg Greenberg is the George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Endowed Chair of Religion and Founding Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Her fields of teaching and research include modern and contemporary Jewish thought, comparative religion, women and religion, crosscultural views of love and the body, gender, sexuality, and interreligious studies. Dr. Greenberg is the author of Better Than Wine: Love, Poetry and Prayer in the Thought of Franz Rosenweig, the two volume Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions, nominated for the American Academy of Religion Book award for 2009, and the editor of From Spinoza to Levinas: Hermeneutical, Ethical, and Political Issues in Modern and Contemporary Jewish Philosophy. She has written numerous articles and essays in modern and contemporary Jewish thought, and in comparative Hindu and Jewish philosophy and religion. Her recent books include The Body in Religion: Crosscultural Perspectives, Bloomsbury Academic, 2018, and Dharma and Halacha: Comparative Studies in Hindu-Jewish Philosophy and Religion, Lexington Books, 2018.

Dr. Greenberg lectures nationally and internationally on philosophical topics related to love, body, and gender. She is active in interreligious dialogues in organizations such as the Parliament of the Worlds' Religions. She holds leadership roles in numerous scholarly societies and organizations such as the American Academy of Religion, we she served as co-chair of the Studies in Judaism Section and the Comparative Study of Judaisms and Hinduisms Group, the Association for Jewish Studies, and Dharma Academy of North America. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and is General Editor of Studies in Judaism Series for Peter Lang Academic Publishers. Dr. Greenberg is a recipient of numerous awards including three Fulbright Scholar Awards, the Cornell Distinguished Faculty Award, the Arthur Vining Davis Award, and the Presidential Award for the Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion from Rollins College, the Templeton Course Prize in Science and Religion, and the Harvard University Pluralism Project Grant. She was a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in 2015 in India, a Visiting Research Fellow in 2017 at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During the Summer of 2018, she was a Research Fellow at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften der Goethe-Universitat, and starting in January 2019, she will be a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar at the University of Mumbai in India. 

Susan Lackman

Susan Lackman

Professor of Music Theory and Composition

Keene Hall - Room 207

T. 407.646.2400

B.Mus.Ed. Temple University
M.A. American University
Ph.D. Rutgers University

Specializations: Musical composition, criticism, and broadcasting.

Maurice O'Sullivan

Maurice O'Sullivan

Professor of English | Kenneth Curry Chair in Literature

T. Carnegie Hall - Room 105

T. 407.646.2662

A.B. Fairfield University
M.A. Case Western Reserve University
Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University

Specializations: 18th-century English literature, minority literature, popular culture, and Florida studies.

Nancy M. Decker

Associate Professor of German

Hauck Hall - Room 202

T. 407.646.2410

B.A. College of William and Mary
M.A. Cornell University
Ph.D. Cornell University

Specializations: German language, literature, cultural history, and questions of colonialism.

Rachel Newcomb

Rachel Newcomb

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Cornell Hall – Room 102

T. 407.691.1703

B.A. Davidson College
M.A. Johns Hopkins University
M.A., Ph.D. Princeton University

Specializations: Cultural and applied/public anthropology, Middle East and North Africa, gender, Islam, modernity, globalization, and identity

Todd French

Todd French

Assistant Professor of Religion

French House - Room 204

T. 407.646.2139

B.A. Lipscomb University
Th.M. Princeton Theological Seminary
M.Div. Union Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Columbia University

Specializations: Early Christianity, Byzantine Hagiography, Syriac, Islam, Mysticism, Gender, Poverty, and Extremes in Religion

Eren Tatari

Eren Tatari

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Cornell Hall – Room 120

T. 407.646.2183

MA., Ph.D. Indiana University BA Franklin and Marshall College

Specializations: Ethnic and religious minorities in the U.S. and Western Europe, Middle East politics, democratic theory and minority rights, politics and religion, women in Islam, gender politics, and intersectionality.

Anne Zimmerman

Lecturer in English

Orlando Hall - Room 211

T. 407.691.1705

B.A. Westminster College
M.F.A. Purdue University
Ph.D. Purdue University

Rabbi David Kay

Adjunct Professor of Jewish Studies