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Dr. Ellen M. Umansky

Carl & Dorothy Bennett Chair in Judaic Studies & Professor of Religious Studies
eumansky@fairfield.edu
o: Donnarumma Hall Rm 245
p: x2065

 

My research and writing largely focuses on late 19th-21st century Jewish history and thought in the United States and England, with a particular interest in lay religious leadership, liberal Judaism, and Jewish women's spirituality. I am also interested in Jewish theology, especially progressive Jewish theology from the eighteenth century through the present. My teaching includes courses on the undergraduate and graduate level in these areas as well as general survey courses on Judaism and the history of the Jewish people. I serve as Director of the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, a position I have held at Fairfield University for almost 25 years and and have been a long time member of the university's Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee. I am a member of the Board of Directors of Theta Alpha Kappa (2013-2019), the Stimulus Foundation of Paulist Press, and the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy.



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