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.
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Professor of Jewish History & Director of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Beck Archives
(CJS & Penrose Library)
Jewish History of the West; Jewish Women's History; History of Medicine in the West
Phone: 303-871-3016 and 303-871-2977
Teaching Associate Professor
Hebrew Program Coordinator
(CJS & Dept of Languages and Literatures)
Hebrew language pedagogy; Israeli cinema; Israeli culture and society; Israeli identity and Holocaust Studies
Sarah Pessin, Director
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
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
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
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
Pamela M. Eisenbaum
Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins
Iliff School of Theology
Education: PhD, Iliff School of Theology
Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible
Director of MTS Program
Iliff School of Theology
Education: PhD candidate, Princeton Theological Seminary
Korbel School of International Studies
Education: PhD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Department of History
Modern European and French History; History and Memory; Holocaust History; History and Legacy of Nazi Art Looting
Education: PhD, New York University
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
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.
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
about her recent travel to Nazi camps in Europe.
Lydia Gil Keff
Teaching Associate Professor of Spanish
Languages & Literatures Department
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
Education: PhD, Spanish/Latin American literature, University of Texas at Austin
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.
G. Kristian Miccio
Sturm College of Law
Criminal Law and Procedure, Jurisprudence, Holocaust Studies, & Constitutional Law
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
Gregory A. Robbins
Associate Professor, Department Chair
Department of Religious Studies
Education: PhD, Duke University
Rabbi Stanley M. Wagner, of blessed memory
Founding Director, Professor 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.
Education: PhD, Joint Doctorial Program in the Study of Religion - Biblical Interpretation, University of Denver & Iliff School of Theology; M.A. Jewish Theological Seminary; B.A. Patten University
Assistant to the Director of the Center for Judaic Studies
Education: AS, Accounting, Front Range Community College
Inclusive Excellence Fellow
Center for Judaic Studies
Education: B.A. Fine Arts, Marist College; M.A. Higher Education (in progress)
Thyria K. Wilson
Archivist and Reference Specialist
Assistant to the Director of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Beck Archives
Education: JD, MLIS, University of Denver