Faculty


Aaron Hahn Tapper

Program Director
(415) 422-2378

Aaron J. Hahn Tapper, the Mae and Benjamin Swig Professor in Jewish Studies and the founding Director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and...

Education:

PhD, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara | MTS, Harvard Divinity School | BA, Johns Hopkins University

Courses:

FYS: First-Year Seminar, TYS: Transfer Year Seminars, Social Justice, Activism, and Jews, Jews, Judaisms, and Jewish Identities, Ethics, Directed Reading

Camille Angel

Adjunct Professor

Camille Shira Angel, an adjunct professor in the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, is also an ordained rabbi from the Hebrew Union...

Courses:

Ethics

Paula Birnbaum

Professor
(415) 422-5167

Paula Birnbaum is an Associate Professor of Arts History/Arts Management at USF. Paula is a specialist in modern and contemporary art and holds a...

Education:

PhD, History of Art, Bryn Mawr College | MA, History of Art, Bryn Mawr College | BA, History of Art and French Literature, Bowdoin College

Courses:

Museum Studies I, Modern & Contemporary Art, Women & Art, Special Topics, Directed Study/Research, Museum Studies: History/Theory

Jeremy Brown

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6601

Jeremy P. Brown earned his PhD in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University. He teaches at USF in the department of Theology and Religious...

Education:

PhD, Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University | BA, Religion, Reed College

Expertise:

Jewish mysticism, Judaism in medieval Iberia, Historical intersections of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Courses:

Directed Study, Jewish and Islamic Mysticism, Jewish-Christian Relationship

Lee Bycel

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6601

Lee is the rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom in Napa and a Senior Moderator at the Aspen Institute. He has devoted his life to a variety of social...

Education:

BA from University of California at Berkeley | PhD from Claremont School of Theology

Expertise:

Social justice issues

Courses:

Holocaust and Genocide, Ethics

Reginold Daniels

Adjunct Professor

Reggie Daniels was born in San Francisco. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of San Francisco in 2012 and his Masters at USF...

Education:

MBA, University of San Fracisco

Courses:

Performing Arts and Community Exchange, Ethics

Shaina Hammerman

Adjunct Professor

Shaina Hammerman is the author of Silver Screen, Hasidic Jews: The Story of an Image (Indiana University Press, 2018). In addition to teaching Jewish...

Education:

PhD, Jewish History and Culture, Graduate Theological Union | MA (with honors), Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union | BA, Linguistics, Hampshire College

Expertise:

Jewishness in film and television, Jews and identity politics, Modern Jewish history, Jews and race

Courses:

Modern Jewish Thought, Jews, Judaisms, and Jewish Identities, Ethics

Susanne Hoelscher

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-2802

Susanne Hoelscher received her PhD in German Studies from the University of California, Davis, with an emphasis in post-wall Berlin literature and...

Education:

PhD, German Studies, University of California, Davis | MA, German Studies, San Francisco State University

Courses:

Paris-Berlin, First Semester German, Second Semester German, Third Semester German, German Literature and Culture/1945-Today, Paris-Berlin

Oren Kroll-Zeldin

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6601

He is the co-founder and lead curator of Mapping Jewish San Francisco, a digital humanities project of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice that takes a collaborative approach to examining the complex history and unique religious, cultural, and political identity of the Jewish San Francisco Bay Area

Education:

PhD, Cultural Anthropology and Social Change, The California Institute of Integral Studies | MA, Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation, The California Institute of Integral Studies

Courses:

Social Justice and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Modern Jewish Thought, Jews, Judaisms, and Jewish Identities, Social Justice and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Ethics, Directed Reading

Rose Levinson

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6601

Rose L. Levinson, PhD, came to USF in 2009, soon after completing a doctorate focused on Jewish Cultural Studies. She teaches Jews, Judaisms and...

Elliot Neaman

Professor
(415) 422-6411

Elliot Neaman received a BA in sociology from the University of British Columbia in 1979, an MA in history and philosophy from the Freie Universit├Ąt...

Education:

PhD, History, University of California at Berkeley | MA, History and Philosophy, Freie Universit├Ąt in Berlin | BA, Sociology, University of British Columbia

Courses:

The World Since 1945, European Civilization, Historical Methods, The World Since 1945, Modern German History, Special Undergraduate Studies in History, Undergraduate Seminar in European History, Late Modern Intellectual History; Existentialism and Humanism

Andrew Ramer

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6601

Andrew Ramer, an adjunct professor in the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, is also an ordained maggid (sacred storyteller) and the...

Esti Skloot

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6650

Esti Skloot grew up in Israel where she studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and received her teacher's credentials from the Hebrew...

Education:

BA, Music, Sonoma State University | MA, Creative Writing, University of San Francisco

Courses:

First Semester Hebrew, Second Semester Hebrew, Third Semester Hebrew, Dir Reading & Research

Maja Zuckerman

Adjunct Faculty
(415) 422-6601

Maja Gildin Zuckerman works in the intersection of Jewish cultural history, anthropology, and social theory, with a focus on Jewish nationalism,...

Education:

PhD, Modern Middle Eastern Studies, University of Southern Denmark | MA, Anthropology and Sociology (cum laude), Tel Aviv University | BA, Anthropology and Jewish Studies, Copenhagen University and Haifa University

Courses:

Ethics

Stephen Zunes

Professor
(415) 422-6981

Stephen Zunes has been at USF since 1995, teaching courses on the politics of Middle East and other regions, nonviolence, conflict resolution, U.S....

Education:

PhD, Cornell University | MA, Temple University | BA, Oberlin College

Courses:

Politics of Social Movements, Nonviolence in Theory and Practice, Global Economic Justice, Government and Politics of the Middle East, Global Conflict Resolution

Contact Info

Office of Swig Program in Jewish Studies & Social Justice

Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kalmanovitz Hall, Room 152 (415) 422-6601 (415) 422-5356