Leslie Ginsparg Klein is the Academic Dean of General Studies at the Women's Institute of Torah Seminary (Maalot Baltimore). She has been an instructor of Jewish history at the Hebrew Theological College (online) and Jewish history and Jewish studies at the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School in Baltimore. She is also an instructor of research methods, and previously served as an educational consultant at the Women’s Institute of Torah Seminary (Maalot Baltimore). She previously served as Director of the Honors Program and as an Assistant Professor of Education, History and Jewish studies at Touro College, teaching both graduate and undergraduate students.
Dr. Ginsparg Klein received her Ph.D. in Education and Jewish Studies at New York University in September 2009. She focused her studies on the history of education, Jewish history, and gender history. Her doctoral dissertation investigated the history and development of Orthodox girls’ education in post-World War II America. She is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program. Her dissertation research was supported by awards from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Hadassah Brandeis Institute and the Network for Research in Jewish Education. She has presented her research at a number of conferences including those of the Association for Jewish Studies and the Network for Research in Jewish Education.
In her spare time, Dr. Ginsparg Klein organizes "open mic nights" and concerts for women, at which she also performs. She is the founder and director of Girls' Night On, a not-for-profit organization that promotes Jewish women in music and the arts. For her work with Girls’ Night On, in 2009, she was named one of the New York Jewish Week's "36 Under 36,’ forward-thinking young people who are helping to remake the Jewish community.”
A native Chicagoan, Dr. Ginsparg Klein studied abroad at Michlalah: The Jerusalem College for Women. She continued on to New York, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Yeshiva University's Stern College for Women with a BA in history. She received her MA in history from New York University. Before returning to graduate school, Dr. Ginsparg Klein worked as a writer and editor. Her writing has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the Chicago Sun Times and the Los Angeles Times.