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Dr. Ellen M. Umansky

Carl & Dorothy Bennett Chair in Judaic Studies & Professor of Religious Studies
o: Donnarumma Hall Rm 245
p: x2065


My research and writing largely focuses on late 19th-20th 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 18 years and am Co-Chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee. I am a member of the Board of Directors of Theta Alpha Kappa (2013-2016) and am President-Elect of the Southern Jewish Historical Society (my two year term as President begins in Oct., 2014).

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