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Judaic Studies

Affiliated Faculty / Staff

Associate Professor in the Department of History and Director of the Judaic Studies Program, Barry Trachtenberg was trained in Jewish history at the University of California, Los Angeles (Ph.D.), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Oxford University (Post-graduate Diploma) and also holds degrees from the University of Vermont (M.A. in U.S. history) and Rowan University of New Jersey (B.A. in English). His book, The Revolutionary Roots of Modern Yiddish, 1903-1917 (Syracuse University Press, 2008) examines the impact of the 1905 Russian Revolution on the formation of Yiddish scholarship. His current project, on the only attempt to publish a comprehensive encyclopedia in the Yiddish language, considers a broad range of historiographical questions on the shifting agenda of Yiddish-language research and the ways that the Nazi Holocaust shaped Jewish historians’ understanding of their task. In support of this project, he has been awarded a Summer Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2008), a Fellowship from the Frankel Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan (Spring 2009), and the Kiev Judaica Collection Fellowship Program at George Washington University (2012-13). In 2011, he co-led the Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar for Faculty at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.

Recent publication information can be found at http://www.albany.edu/history/faculty/barry_trachtenberg.shtml and http://albany.academia.edu/BarryTrachtenberg

To view Professor Trachtenberg’s CV, click here.

Robert Gluck is a composer and performer of music for piano and interactive electronics, crossing boundaries between jazz and electroacoustic music traditions. His scholarly work traces cultural issues within the international history of electronic music; his published articles also span a wide range of Jewish communal concerns. Gluck is author of "You'll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band" (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming in 2012). The most recent of his five recordings include 'Something Quiet' and 'Returning,' both on the FMR British jazz label. His multimedia installation "Layered Histories" (with visual artist Cynthia B. Rubin), tracing the real and imagined travels of the "Marseilles Bible," has been shown internationally. Gluck studied at the Julliard, Manhattan and Crane schools of music and he holds degrees from the University at Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work, and Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he was ordained as a rabbi. He is associate professor of music and director of the Electronic Music Studio at the University at Albany.

Martha Tuck Rozett is a professor of English at the University at Albany, SUNY, where she has taught and served in various administrative capacities since 1973. In May 2002 she was named a Collins Fellow, the university’s major award for service. She received a BA in English from Harvard University and a PhD in English from The University of Michigan. Her teaching focuses mainly on Shakespeare and on contemporary historical fiction. She is the author of The Doctrine of Election and the Emergence of Elizabethan Tragedy, Talking Back to Shakespeare, and Constructing a World: Shakespeare's England and the New Historical Fiction. Rozett has served as Director of Graduate Studies, MA Advisor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Associate Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts in the course of her career at Albany. Her activities in the Albany community include serving on the Education Committee of Capital Repertory Theatre and on the Board and the Scholarship Committee of Congregation B’nai Shalom, and serving as a judge for the English Speaking Union’s regional Shakespeare competition. She is also a member of the board of Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany.

Edward Schwarzschild teaches writing and literature in UAlbany's Department of English and holds a joint appointment as a fellow at the New York State Writers Institute. Schwarzschild is the author of The Family Diamond (2007), a collection of stories, and Responsible Men (2005), a novel, which was a finalist for the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Zarazgoza at Teruel and a Visiting Writer at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study." Schwarzschild's website.

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Contingent Faculty

Arthur Brenner teaches courses in European Jewish history. He studied history at the University of Pennsylvania before earning his doctorate in European history at Columbia University. He has taught at Columbia, New York University, City University of New York, Manhattan College, William Paterson University and Siena College. He wrote Emil J. Gumbel: Weimar German Pacifist and Professor and co-edited Death Squads in Global Perspective with Bruce B. Campbell, as well as several articles on German academic life and political violence in Weimar Germany. He has also been an instructor in the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, a Jewish adult education program.

Rabbi Don Cashman teaches the course "Jewish Traditions and Practices." He studied Religion at Boston University before attending the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem and New York. He has served as the Rabbi at the B'nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany since 1985.

Rob Edelman is a Lecturer at the University at Albany, where he teaches courses in film history in the Art Department. He is a film commentator on WAMC (Northeast) Public Radio and a Contributing Editor of Leonard Maltin’s Movie & Video Guide and several other Maltin publications. He is the author of Great Baseball Films and Baseball on the Web, and the editor of Issues on Trial: Freedom of the Press. His film/television-related biographies include Matthau: A Life; Angela Lansbury: A Life on Stage and Screen; and Meet the Mertzes, a double biography of I Love Lucy's William Frawley and Vivian Vance-- all co-authored with Audrey Kupferberg.

Audrey Kupferberg is a Lecturer at the University at Albany, where she teaches courses in film history in the Art Department. She also is a film and video consultant, archivist, and appraiser, and has been Director of the Yale Film Study Center and Assistant Director of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute. With her husband, Rob Edelman, she has co-authored several books, including Matthau: A Life; Angela Lansbury: A Life on Stage and Screen; and Meet the Mertzes, a dual biography of Vivian Vance and William Frawley.

Rabbi Nomi Manon teaches “Survey of Jewish Civilization.” She is the Executive Director of University at Albany Hillel, where she works closely with hundreds of students in exploring Judaism and their Jewish identities. She studied anthropology and religion at Alfred University before studying for the rabbinate at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia. She previously taught at Ursinus College, where she was also the Hillel Director.

Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC) Faculty

Sarit Moskowitz is a Lecturer of Hebrew language in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC). A teacher of Hebrew for more than two decades, Ms. Moskowitz holds degrees from the University at Albany and Hudson Valley Community College. She has been teaching Hebrew both at SUNY Albany and Skidmore College for the past two years. She is a recent graduate of the Master of Arts program in Judaic Studies with a Hebrew concentration at the Hebrew College in Newton, MA.

Emeriti Faculty

Judith R. Baskin
Toby W. Clyman
Jerome Eckstein
Daniel Grossberg

Stanley J. Isser is an Emeritus Professor of Judaic Studies. Dr. Isser was trained an historian at Columbia University, where he earned a doctorate in ancient history with a specialty in Judaism and early Christianity. He is the author of The Dositheans: A Samaritan Sect in Late Antiquity (1976) and The Sword of Goliath: David in Heroic Literature (2003). His research interests in both Jewish and Christian histories include religious sectarianism, messianic thought and movements, and the historical and literary traditions about King David. He teaches courses on ancient and post-biblical Jewish history, biblical texts, and archaeology.