Skip navigation

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Center for Judaic Studies

Degree Programs

Center for Judaic Studies

Faculty & Staff

Learn about our faculty members' academic backgrounds and interests, our affiliated faculty and staff, and find out how to contact them.

Visit our CJS In the News page to learn about our faculty making headlines across the country!


  • Jeanne Abrams

    Jeanne Abrams

    Professor of Jewish History & Director of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Beck Archives
    (CJS & Penrose Library)

    Jewish History of the West; Jewish Womens' History; History of Medicine in the West

    Phone: 303-871-3016 and 303-871-2977
    more info...

  • Sari Havis

    Sari Havis

    Lecturer and Director of Hebrew Program
    (CJS & Dept of Languages and Literatures)

    Hebrew language pedagogy; Israeli cinema; Israeli culture and society; Israeli identity and Holocaust Studies

    Phone: 303-871-2343
    more info...

  • Sarah Pessin

    Sarah Pessin, Director

    Associate Professor of Philosophy and Judaic Studies
    (CJS & Dept of Philosophy)
    Emil and Eva Hecht Chair in Judaic Studies
    Director, Center for Judaic Studies

    Jewish Philosophy; Medieval Philosophy (comparative Jewish, Islamic, Christian); Neoplatonism; Modern Jewish Philosophy; Post-Holocaust theology and ethics

    more info...

  • Adam Rovner

    Adam Rovner

    Associate Professor of English and Jewish Literature
    (CJS & Dept of English)

    American Jewish and Israeli Literature; Translation and Translation Theory; Trans-national Holocaust Literature; Literature and Jewish Nationalisms; Narrative Theory; Humor Studies

    Phone: 303-871-2861
    more info...

  • Alison Schofield

    Alison Schofield

    Associate Professor of Judaic Studies and Religious Studies
    (CJS & Dept of Religious Studies)

    Judaism; religious theory; Dead Sea Scrolls; sacred space; exile and diaspora; gender and Judaism; Bible; Second Temple Judaism

    Phone: 303-871-2752
    more info...

  • Jonathan Sciarcon

    Jonathan Sciarcon

    Assistant Professor of Jewish History
    (CJS & Dept of History)

    Middle East History; Iraqi Jewish History; History of Jewish Women's Education in Iraq; Ottoman History; US-Israeli Relations

    Phone: 303-871-2954
    more info...



        • No Photo Available

          Pamela M. Eisenbaum

          Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins, Iliff School of Theology
          Phone: 303-765-3167
          Education: PhD, Iliff School of Theology

        • Amy Erickson

          Amy Erickson

          Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, Iliff School of Theology
          Phone: 303-744-1287
          Education: PhD candidate, Princeton Theological Seminary

        • Arthur Gilbert

          Arthur Gilbert

          Associate Professor, Korbel School of International Studies
          Phone: 303-871-2545
          Education: PhD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

        • Allison Horsley

          Allison Horsley

          Assistant Professor of Dramatic Literature, Department of Theatre
          Phone: 303-871-3161
          Education: MFA in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism, Yale University

        • Beth Karlsgodt

          Elizabeth Campbell Karlsgodt

          Associate Professor
          (Dept of History)

          Modern European and French History; History and Memory; Holocaust History; History and Legacy of Nazi Art Looting

          Phone: 303-871-2947
          News: DU History Professor and CJS faculty Prof. Elizabeth Karlsgodt is the author of   Defending National Treasures: French Art and Heritage under Vichy  (Stanford University Press, 2011). She is currently writing a book with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities on the recovery of art looted by the Nazis, comparing restitution practices in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.Read about Prof. Beth Karlsgodt's research and insights regarding Nazi art looting, the subject of her new book and recent articles:

          *US News and World Report: The Real 'Monuments Men' (and Women)

          *DU Magazine: History professor tells the real story behind Clooney's 'Monuments Men'

          *Beth Karlsgodt's blog entries about her recent travel to Nazi camps in Europe.

          This Winter, Prof. Karlsgodt reached out to Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society Director Jeanne Abrams to integrate the Ira M. and Peryle Hayutin Beck Archives into her course, European Culture in the World Wars. Prof. Karlsgodt's students worked with archivist Thyria Wilson to examine documents and materials in the Lowenstein Collection to enhance their knowledge of European culture before and during WWII. Using primary resources of Holocaust survivor and Denver theater pioneer, Henry Lowenstein, the students worked on research projects as part of their final papers. Additionally, the class attended an exhibition of Maria Lowenstein's works of art at the Niza Knoll gallery in Denver, as well as attended Henry Lowenstein's talk at the gallery, in which he described his mother's experiences from the Bolshevik Revolution, during both world wars, and into the Cold War.

          Learn with Prof. Karlsgodt at the AHSS Alumni Reception and Livingston Lecture: The Real Monuments Men and Women: Art Restitution Successes and Challenges. Reception at 5:30, Alumni Award Presentation at 6:30, Lecture begins at 6:45, followed by book signing.
          Monday, May 5, 2014, 5:30-8:00pm. Register here!

          Beth Karlsgodt recently gave a lecture for the Humanities Institute discussing the historical roots of today's disputes by examining shifts in cultural property norms since the Nazi plunder of European art during World War II. This recent history elucidates current social and political trends, including an acute and transnational concern for heritage, variously defined, in our globalizing era.
          Read Beth Karlsgodt's blog entries about her recent travel to Nazi camps in Europe. 
          Education: PhD, New York University

        • Lydia Gil Keff

          Lydia Gil Keff

          (Dept of Languages and Literatures)

          Spanish Language and Literature; Memory Studies; Holocaust Literature; Latin American Jewish Literature; Holocaust in Latin America; Jewish-Latino and Jewish-Latin American literature in translation

          Phone: 303-871-7844
          Professor Gil Keff just returned from presenting on "Digital Storytelling in Latin American Jewish Literature and Culture Courses" at the 16th Latin American Jewish Studies Association (LAJSA) Conference, hosted by the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas-Austin (9-11 June 2013). Lydia also recently published an article: "A Voice to the Scream: Writing the Shoah in Mauricio Rosencof's THE LETTERS THAT NEVER CAME," in The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 42.1, (2009): 43-54.
          Education: PhD, Spanish/Latin American literature, University of Texas at Austin

        • Kristian Miccio

          G. Kristian Miccio

          Associate Professor, Sturm College of Law
          Phone: 303-871-6361
          Education: LLM, Columbia Law School, Columbia University
          JD, Antioch School of Law, Antioch University
          MA, public administration, Rockefeller College, University of New York
          BA, Marymount College of Fordham University

        • Greg Robbins

          Gregory A. Robbins

          Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies
          Phone: 303-871-2751
          Education: PhD, Duke University

        • Eliana Schonberg

          Eliana Schonberg

          Director of the University Writing Center
          Phone: 303-871-7431
          Education: PhD, English, University of Texas, Austin

        • Rabbi Stanley Wagner

          CJS EMERITUS

          Rabbi Stanley M. Wagner, of blessed memory
          Founding Director, Emeritus
          News: Rabbi Wagner is co-author of the five-volume Onkelos on the Torah: Understanding the Bible Text (Gefen Publishing House, Jerusalem/New York) with Rabbi Dr. Israel Drazin.

          Selected materials from their work were incorporated into the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations' new and increasingly popular Shnayim Mikra program, in which each weekly portion of the Torah's current book is studied online. The goal of integrating these materials is to encourage people to increase their study of Onkelos, an important Bible commentator and translator.

          In 2010, Rabbi Stanley Wagner published an essay on Onkelos, "Translation, Midrash, and Commentary Through the Eyes of Onkelos," The Jewish Bible Quarterly, volume 38, number 3, 151, July-September 2010, pp. 191-201.


        • Amy Balogh

          Amy Balogh

          HAI Program Developer and Archivist
          Phone: 303-871-3013
          Education: PhD Candidate, Biblical Interpretation, Hebrew Bible, Iliff School of Theology
          MA, Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages, Jewish Theological Seminary
          BA, Biblical Studies, Patten University

        • No Photo AvailableThyria K. Wilson

          Archivist and Reference Specialist
          Assistant to the director of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Beck Archives
          Phone: 303-871-3012
          Education: JD, MLIS, University of Denver


back to top