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Professor of Jewish Studies

Phone: 215 635 7300 x 142
Email: [email protected]

Joseph M. Davis was born in 1960.  He grew up in Providence, R.I., and attended college at Brown University.  His Ph.D. is from Harvard University in the field of medieval Jewish history and literature.  His area of academic specialization is the cultural and intellectual history of Ashkenazic Jews in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Professor Davis has been teaching at Gratz College since 1994.  Before that, he taught at Washington University in St. Louis and at the University of Maryland.  He teaches a variety of courses on aspects of medieval Jewish culture and thought and on modern Jewish thought.

Michael Dickerman received a Master of Arts in Jewish Studies degree from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (for which he wrote his thesis on post-Holocaust Jewish theology) and a Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies degree from Stockton University, where for more than ten years he has been a member of the adjunct faculty in Holocaust and genocide studies. In addition to teaching comparative genocides of the twentieth century, as well as courses focused specifically on the Holocaust, he has a personal interest in the role of the churches during the Holocaust, as well as the theological implications of the Holocaust on traditional Jewish and Christian beliefs.

He is the co-editor, along with Dr. Paul R. Bartrop, of a four-volume encyclopedia, The Holocaust: An Encyclopedia and Document Collection, published by ABC-CLIO in 2017, which has received several awards as an outstanding reference source. In addition, he has presented numerous papers at various academic conferences throughout the U.S.

Tricia Dressel is currently serving as the Director of Human Resources at the Mazzoni Center, a Philadelphia based organization which provides health and wellness services in an LGBTQ-focused environment. Tricia has more than 15 years’ nonprofit management expertise working with local, national, and international organizations.  Tricia holds a MS in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and BA in Sociology with honors from the State University of New York at New Paltz.   She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a professional member of the Society for Human Resources (SHRM).

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