Director, Jewish Studies Program
Professor, Department of English
Education: Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles (1981)
Research Interests: American literature, modernism, philosophy and literature
Books: American Poetics of History: From Emerson to the Moderns (LSU Press, 1984); Derrida and the Future of Literature (SUNY Press, 1999).
Recent Essays: “Biography as De-Facement: A Response to Eveyln Barish on Paul de Man.” South Atlantic Review, 82.1 (Spring 2017): 105-22; “Levinas and the Plot Against Literature.” Philosophy and Literature, 40.1 (April 2016): 265-71; “The Betrayal of Love: The Golden Bowl and Levinasian Ethics.” The Henry James Review, 37:1 (Winter 2016): 1-19; “The Passages of Jacques Derrida: Between Philosophy and Biography.” [Review Essay] South Atlantic Review, 81:2 (Summer 2016): 210-31.
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies
Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago (2009)
Assistant Professor of Arabic and Section Head
Education: Ph.D., New York University, 2004
Research and Teaching interests include: Classical Arabic literature, Arabic vernacular literature, Islamic law, Muslim-Jewish relations.
Book: Like Joseph in Beauty: Yemeni Vernacular Poetry and Arab-Jewish Symbiosis (Brill Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures, 2008)
Recent Awards: SIAS Summer Institute fellowship, AIYS research grant, National Foundation for Jewish Culture dissertation fellowship