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College of Arts & Sciences
Jewish Studies Program

Jewish Studies Faculty

Jewish Studies Program

Core Faculty


Andrew Berns

Assistant Professor, Department of History
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2011
History of the Jews in pre-modern Europe, with a particular focus on the Jews of Renaissance Italy.




Federica K. Clementi 

Associate Professor and Peter and Bonnie McCausland Fellow, Department of English Language & Literature
Ph.D., City University of New York, 2008 
Holocaust studies; Jewish women writers; feminist and psychoanalytic approaches to literature; Jewish ecocriticism



Saskia Coenen Snyder 

Associate Professor, Department of History
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2008
European Jewish history (with multidisciplinary interests across history, architecture, and urban studies).

Curriculum Vitae



Stanley Dubinsky

Professor, Department of English Language & Literature
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1985
Director, Jewish Studies Program

Curriculum Vitae



John Robert Mandsager

Lecturer and Assistant Director, Jewish Studies Program
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2014 
Rabbinic Judaism, Jewish Spaces/Sacred Space, Religions and Literature of Late Antiquity

Curriculum Vitae



Josef Olmert

 Adjunct Associate Professor
(Jewish Studies)
Ph.D., London School of Economics, 1984
Middle Eastern history and politics; Israeli foreign policy; international media and foreign policy.

Curriculum Vita



Harvey Starr

Dag Hammarskjold Professor in International Affairs Emeritus (Political Science) and Jewish Studies Program Emeritus Scholar
Ph.D., Yale University, 1971 
International relations; international conflict; Israeli foreign/national security policy; the Arab-Israeli conflict system, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Curriculum Vitae



Consulting Faculty*  

Katherine Barbieri Associate Professor
(Political Science)
Ph.D., Binghamton University, 1996
Israel’s security and economic policies; Israeli-Palestinian economic relations; International Relations and International Political Economy, with main focus on international trade, war, globalization,  counter-insurgency, terrorism and counter-terrorism.
Curriculum Vitae
Morris J. Blachman Associate Dean
(Continuous Professional Development & Strategic AffairsUSC School of Medicine-Palmetto Health CME Organization)
Ph.D., New York University, 1976
Inter-generational transfer of Jewish values, especially in relation to secular behavior and Tikun Olam.
Curriculum Vitae
Agnes C. Mueller  Associate Professor
(Languages, Literatures, & Cultures)
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1997
Research interests in the link between antisemitism and gender, and between antisemitism and anti-Americanism; Antisemitism in contemporary German literature.
Curriculum Vitae
Rabbi Meir Muller Clinical Assistant Professor
(Instruction & Teacher Education,
   USC College of Education)
Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2010
Early child cognitive development with a focus on Jewish education, equity pedagogy, and faculty advisor for the Jewish fraternity AePi
Curriculum Vitae
Sara L. Schwebel Associate Professor
(English Language & Literature)
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2006
Jewish literature (including Holocaust novels) written for children; biblical themes in children’s and adolescent literature; Jewish history/Jewish literature as school curriculum.
Curriculum Vitae


Associate Scholar

Theodore Rosengarten Visiting Professor of History and Jewish Studies,
College of Charleston
Adjunct Professor, South Carolina Honors College, USC
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1975
History of the Holocaust; The Holocaust in film and all documentary and dramatic representations of the Holocaust; European colonial traditions and the doctrine of "the final solution".
Curriculum Vitae

 *In addition to its Core Faculty, Jewish Studies at the University of South Carolina also depends on Consulting Faculty and Associate Scholars.



Emeritus Scholars

Carl D. Evans Professor Emeritus-Religious Studies; Vice Chair of the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1975
Hebrew Bible; Ancient Israelite History and Religion.
Curriculum Vitae
Kevin Lewis Professor Emeritus
(Religious Studies)
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1980-Religion and Culture 
Holocaust in Literature and Film, SC Commission on the Holocaust, Religion and Existentialism, Visions of Apocalypse, Religion in the South, Hermeneutics
Curriculum Vitae

 Consulting Faculty must have evidence of scholarly interest in the field, and may teach courses outside the core curriculum. Consulting Faculty are full-time employees of the University, who participate in Jewish Studies on this campus in some of the following ways:

 Have a research focus or publication agenda that involves Jewish Studies.

  • Teach courses having Jewish Studies content that can be cross-listed.
  • Provide service to Jewish Studies committees, serve as a liaison to student groups, or serve on appropriate student committees.

Associate Scholars are associates of the program who are not full-time employees of the University, but who participate in Jewish Studies at USC in the manner described above.

Consulting Faculty and Associate Scholar status is granted to individuals through an application process. New consulting faculty can be self-nominated or nominated by any of the Jewish Studies core faculty. Nominees are invited to submit an application which should consist of a short statement of interest in being listed as Jewish Studies faculty (detailing desired participation in the areas of research, teaching, and service) along with a recent CV. If appropriate, the applicant should also include syllabi of Jewish Studies related courses (or a short title and descriptive paragraph, if such courses have not yet been taught). Applications will be considered and approved by the Jewish Studies core faculty.

Applications should be sent via email, to the director (