• The YC Core

    Faculty

     HighlineRachel Mesch, Director of the Core. Dr. Mesch is delighted to be serving as the first director of the YC Core, having participated in the intensive process that led to its creation. She teaches regularly in the INTC ("Parisian Views") and CUOT ("France and Its Others") categories, and hopes to teach an FYSM in coming semesters. A graduate of Yale College with a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Mesch has been a member of the YC faculty since 2007. She is a specialist in French cultural and literary history, with a focus on women writers and the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and also serves as Chair of YC's Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures. Her most recent book, Having it All in the Belle Epoque: How French Women's Magazines Invented the Modern Woman, was released from Stanford UP this past July. Dr. Mesch's blog, “Plus ça change…,” features fun finds from her research. If you have any questions about the Core, feel free to contact her at mesch@yu.edu. 

    Faculty teaching in the Core come from across the college and a wide variety of backgrounds and research interests. See below to find out more about your professors.

    Jamie Aroosi (CUOT Cultures of Revolt) recently completed a manuscript on Søren Kierkegaard and Karl Marx and is interested in the relationship between religion and politics.

    Fabiola Barrios-Landeros (NAWO Frontiers of Science) conducts research in the areas of organometallic chemistry and catalysis.

    Noyes Bartholomew (INTC Bach, Mozart, Stravinsky), known casually as Bart, currently performs with four jazz bands in three different styles in the greater New York City area; his work, like "wind on the buffalo grass: Crazy Horse in memoriam," was performed recently in San Jose, San Francisco, Eugene, Portland and Seattle by the University of Oregon Percussion Ensemble. His new string quartet will be performed next year in New York City.

    Ruth A. Bevan (COWC Political Geography) recently lectured in Macau on "The Golden Triangle? Obama's 'Pivot to Asia,' the European Union and Asia,” afterward traveling to mainland China.

    Barbara Blatner is a poet, playwright and musician.  Her play Years of Sky debuted at the 59E59 Theatre last winter; her two books of poetry are The Still Position and Living with You.

    Shalom Carmy (CUOT “Character & Ethics”) teaches Bible, Jewish Intellectual History, Jewish Philosophy and Philosophy at YC. As editor of Tradition, he publishes regular essays on intellectual, personal and social issues facing contemporary Orthodoxy. He also publishes frequently in First Things and is active in the Institute for religion and Public Life.  He is identified with the "literary theological" approach to Bible, and was chosen by R. Soloveitchik as an editor of his posthumous works. His CUOT courses focus on the interface between historical factors--social, psychological and religious, and the formulation and analysis of philosophical problems. 

    Gabriel Cwilich (NAWO Frontiers of Science) is a theoretical physicist who works in problems of condensed matter and statistical physics. He is also involved in issues of popularization of ideas of science in the theater and film, and advises playwrights and theater companies in New York City and beyond. He has been the Director of the Jay and Jeannie Schottenstein Honors Program for the last few years.

    Carl Feit (NAWO Frontiers of Science) holds the Ades Chair in Health Science. His research is in the field of identifying tumor antigens on sarcoma cells. He is also interested in the interface of science and religion and is a founding member of the International Society of Science and Religion.

    Lauren Fitzgerald (FYWR) directs the Wilf Campus Writing Center and is currently coauthoring The Oxford Guide for Writing Tutors: Practice and Research with Dr. Melissa Ianetta, Univ. of Delaware. Her recent publications include a discussion of writing instruction in general education that draws upon her work helping to develop YC's Core.

    Paula Geyh (INTC "Books on Books / Films on Films") teaches and writes on 20th-century American and European literature (especially postmodern literature), film, and art.  She has a special interest in the culture of urban life, and she is the author of Cities, Citizens, and Technologies: Urban Life and Postmodernity.  She is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Postmodern American Fiction (forthcoming) and a co-editor of Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology

    Elias C. Grivoyannis (HBSI Economics, Efficiency and Justice) current research focuses on forensic and litigation economics, the economics of global medicine and epidemics, and the economic dynamics of emerging economies. His courses Forensic Economics and The Economics of the Law have been of special interest to our prelaw students, and his course on Health Economics of great benefit to our premed students.

    Erin Heiser (FYWR) has taught composition and literature at CUNY and NYU for over a decade. She is currently working on a dissertation which draws on Autobiography Studies, Working Class Studies, and feminist theory, and looks at issues of class and sexuality in the autobiographical writing of Dorothy Allison, Eileen Myles, and Audre Lorde.

    Amish Khalfan (EXQM Health Hazards and Diseases) is interested in aspects of mathematical physics as they relate to quantum mechanics.

    Daniel Kimmel (HBSI Violence, Schools, and Education) studied sociology of education at the University of Chicago with a focus on violence and bullying problems in schools. He has held fellowships from the Institute for Education Sciences and the American Education Research Association.

    Aaron Koller (FYSM) is an associate professor of Near Eastern and Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, where he teaches and writes about the ancient world of the Bible and rabbinic literature, especially issues of material culture, language, and intellectual history.  His most recent book, Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought, was just published by Cambridge University Press.  He also serves as the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs in Yeshiva College. 

    Tsering Lama (FYWR) is currently at work on a novel examining the lives of Tibetan exiles living in Nepal and Canada.

    Will Lee (FYSM “Literature and Cultural Values”; INTC “Shakespeare and the Arts”) has taught courses on interpretation, critical theory, poetry, Shakespeare, Victorian Studies, and world literatures.  He has written about William Morris, one of his role models as a community builder, historic preservationist, and poet, and about Bernard Revel, the first president of Yeshiva College, a founder of Modern Orthodox, and the creator of a "triple program" as the college’s original 1928-29 curriculum.  Three times he received the YC Senior Professor Award for distinguished teaching. 

    Ariel Malka (HBSI Psychology and Public Opinion) is a social/personality psychologist who studies political psychology and public opinion. His research involves the use of survey and experimental methods to examine the psychological and social factors that underlie people's political opinions.

    Adam Zachary Newton (INTC “Recognition Plots”) is one of six University Professors at Yeshiva University and holds an endowed chair in Literature and Humanities.  His signature field, the ethics of reading, bridges literary theory, modern Jewish thought, comparative literature, and American Studies across five books: the prize-winning Narrative Ethics (Harvard UP, 1995), Facing Black and Jew (Cambridge UP, 1998), The Fence and the Neighbor (SUNY Press, 2002), The Elsewhere: On Belonging at a Near Distance (2005), and most recently, "To Make the Hands Impure": Art and Ethical Adventure, the Difficult and the Holy (Fordham UP, 2014).    

    Richard Nochimson (CUOT Classical to Renaissance; INTC Fiction, the Artistic Imagination, and the Creative Process) is a generalist as a teacher; as a scholar, he is a Shakespearean, most notably as the general editor of the Pegasus Shakespeare Bibliographies series (11 volumes published between 1995 and 2008). In recent years, he has been writing short stories and novels.

    Jess Olson (CUOT The Idea of Self) is interested in the material and intellectual expressions of Jewish culture in central Europe, including Germany and Austria-Hungary. He is currently involved in research projects on the reception of Schiller in German-Jewish culture, the development of Orthodoxy and the history of the Jews of Vienna.

    Yakov Peter (NAWO Frontiers of Science) is interested in the development of stem cell therapies for patients with lung disease. His current research focuses on bioengineering the lung by performing adult pulmonary stem cell selection, proliferation, and differentiation. He is a member of the Department of Pulmonary Medicine and the Cancer Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and serves on the editorial board of the AIMS Bioengineering Journal. 

    Eliezer Schnall (FYSM) is a psychologist and ordained rabbi, whose research interests include psychology and religion, and multicultural clinical psychology, especially as they relate to Jews and Judaism. His research has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, on CBS television news, and in numerous other national and international media. 

    Liesl Schwabe is a nonfiction writer interested in all kinds of personal narrative, including her students'. She writes book reviews and essays and is also at work on her first book, a memoir, which reflects on Buddhist pilgrimage in northeast India.

    Aaron Segal (FYSM) is interested in what, at bottom, the world is like, what we can know about it, what we can hope for, and how we ought to live.  If he were forced to attach disciplinary labels to the philosophical areas he works in, he would say he specializes in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion, and Jewish philosophy. 

    Gillian Steinberg (INTC Frankenstein in the Modern World; First Year Writing) just published a book on Thomas Hardy's poetry. Her recent writing has focused on American confessional poetry (in Women and the Material Culture of Death), contingent labor in English departments (in The ADE/ADFL Bulletin) and teaching literature (in Pedagogy). She is also the Director of Writing at YC.

    William Stenhouse (CUOT Roman Empire in Theory and Practice) works on how people have understood and been influenced by the classical world, including Augustus, in the Renaissance.

    Elizabeth Stewart (COWC, Diaspora Literature) teaches and writes about modern, postmodern and global literature, art and cultural theory. She has published work on Lacan, Walter Benjamin, Derrida and others.

    Fred Sugarman (INTC The Imperial Self) recently published an article titled “The Prophets in America,” which looks at the relationship between Jeremiah, Jonathan Edwards and the American Renaissance. He is delighted to join the INTC faculty for the fall by offering a course devoted to Edwards, Emerson and Whitman and the realization of the American “Imperial Self” in the emblematic triumph of the Brooklyn Bridge. Although Sugarman lives in Riverdale, he is a son of Brooklyn, and the course will represent a voyage back to his roots.

    Bella Tendler (CUOT Islam and the West) works on the construction of orthodoxy and heresy in Islam, gender and sexuality studies, and inter-religious polemics in the medieval Islamic world. Her recent publications explore the initiatory rituals and secret religious beliefs of the Nusayri-'Alawis, the heterodox Shiite sect currently in power in Syria.

    Manfred Weidhorn (FYWR) has just concluded fifty years as a professor at Yeshiva and is now working on his second fifty. No bets taken. Has published thirteen books and over a hundred essays. Subjects of interest are Shakespeare, Milton, Churchill, Galileo.

    Carin Jean White (FYWR)  is a theatre and visual artist. Recent projects include adapting Hamlet and directing a production entitled HAMLET CU3ED that bridged art installation and theatre; DEALING WITH OPHELIA, a dance-theatre piece presented at Governor's Island and the DUMBO Arts Festival.

    Joshua D. Zimmerman (COWC “Nationalism”) is associate professor of history at Yeshiva University in New York.  He is the author of Poles, Jews and the Politics of Nationality: the Bund and the Polish Socialist Party in Late Tsarist Russia (2004) and the editor of both Contested Memories: Poles and Jews during the Holocaust and its Aftermath (2003) and Jews in Italy under Fascist and Nazi Rule,1922-1945 (2005).  In the 2011-2012 academic year, he was Miles Lerman Center for the Study of Jewish Resistance Research Fellow at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. 

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