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Associate 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.

Phone: 609-238-4817

Email: [email protected]

Upon retirement from a 30-year career in the corporate world, I returned to graduate studies, obtaining a Master of Arts in Jewish Studies degree from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (for which I wrote my thesis on post-Holocaust Jewish theology) and a Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies degree from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, where I am an adjunct professor in Holocaust and genocide studies. I have been married for 37 years. I have two grown daughters and two grandsons.

Tricia Dressel is currently serving as the Director of Human Resources at The Food Trust, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization headquartered in Philadelphia, PA.  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).
 

Matthew Duvall received a doctorate from Drexel University in the Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies program. He has a master's degree in instruction from Drexel and a MFA in creative writing from Seton Hill University.

Prior to starting the PhD program, he worked as an application developer and a teacher, including a five year stint as a high school business/computer teacher.

He lives in central Pennsylvania with his wife Natalie and their two children. In his spare time he enjoys running, reading, and practicing martial arts.

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