Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies at Elon University

The Jewish Studies program at Elon explores the historical and contemporary experience of the Jewish people. Jewish Studies courses consider Jewish history, language and literature and the diversity of Jewish religious, cultural, philosophical, and political traditions. These courses help students to understand the distinctive ideas and practices of Jewish communities, the ways in which Jewish ideas have influenced and have been influenced by other civilizations, the conditions under which Jews have been the victims of persecution, and the significance of the establishment of the State of Israel in the 20th century. The program encourages the study of Hebrew at Elon, and it offers a range of study abroad and internship opportunities.

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Department News

Andrea Sinn named Stella S. and John C. O’Briant Developing Professor in History

Sinn, an assistant professor of history, joined the Elon faculty in 2016 and is also director of Elon’s Jewish Studies program.

Kesgin publishes research in major international relations journal on foreign policy hawks and doves

The research by Assistant Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies Baris Kesgin into the characteristics of hawks and doves in foreign policy was published recently in Cooperation and Conflict.

Claussen publishes article on ‘vulnerable strangers’

Religious Studies Professor Geoffrey Claussen's new article appears in the journal Studies in Judaism, Humanities, and the Social Sciences.

Holocaust survivor Hank Brodt speaks about remembrance at LaRose Digital Theatre

Brodt, a native of Poland who now lives in High Point, N.C., shared his story of tragedy and strength through one of the darkest periods in history during his Feb. 13 visit to Elon.

Kesgin publishes paper on when leaders make uncharacteristic foreign policy choices

Assistant Professor of Political Science Baris Kesgin’s recent research is based on the premise that when leaders depart from their long-held, publicly known policy positions, one possible explanation is changes in their personality. Kesgin puts this assumption to test in the case of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in August 2005.