Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff


Dianne Ashton
Professor, Department of Philosophy & Religion
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Dr. Ashton is professor of Religion Studies and the former director of the American Studies program at Rowan University. She is also the editor of the scholarly journal, American Jewish History. The author of five books, Ashton's newest volume, Hanukkah in America: A History, was published by New York University Press in 2013. Her earlier publications include the first modern biography of American Jewish education trailblazer, Rebecca Gratz (1997), and the widely read sourcebook, Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality (1992), which was revised and expanded in 2009. Ashton has also published twenty six articles and delivered thirty five invited lectures and conference papers. Her research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute for American History, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and the American Jewish Archives, among other institutions.

Kenneth J. Banner
Adjunct Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion
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Dr. Banner completed graduate work at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches courses on the Bible and has research interests in early Judaism and Christianity, magic and ritual, the Jewish bible, and the ancient Near East.

Corinne Blake
Associate Professor, Department of History
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Dr. Blake teaches courses related to the Middle East, including Arab-Israeli Conflict and Modern Middle East. She received her B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1991. She is interested in late 19th century Arab-Ottoman history, and has studied and conducted research in Israel, Jordan, Turkey, and Syria.

Dr. Lewis John Eron
Adjunct Professor, Department of Religion/Philosophy
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Rabbi Lewis John Eron, Ph.D. is the Jewish Community Chaplain for the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey in Cherry Hill, NJ. He is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pennsylvania and received his doctorate for the Religion Department of Temple University. He has written extensively in the areas of biblical studies, Jewish-Christian dialogue and Jewish thought and is the co-author of Bursting the Bonds?: A Jewish-Christian Dialogue on Jesus and Paul, (Orbis Press, 1990) a ground breaking exploration of the founding figures of Christianity in light of contemporary scholarship and interreligious dialogue.

Mary Gallant
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Dr. Gallant was chair of Department of Sociology from 2007-2014. She teaches social theory and a course on the sociology of the Holocaust. Her book Coming of Age in the Holocaust; the Last Survivors Remember (2004) is a narrative analysis of children, adolescents, young women and men who survived the Holocaust in death/work camps, hiding, exile or with the Resistance. Among other works, in 2013, she published a chapter titled, "The Kindertransport: Gender and the Rescue of Jewish Children 1938-1939" in Different Horrors, Same Hell; Gender and the Holocaust edited and introduced by Myrna Goldenburg and Amy H. Shapiro (Seattle: University of Washington Press.)

Harriet Hartman
Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Chair, Rowan IRB
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Dr. Harriet Hartman earned her BA from UCLA, her MA from the University of Michigan, and her PhD from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is editor-in-chief of Contemporary Jewry and served as president of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ) from 2004-12. Her research interests include gender roles and Jewish studies. With Moshe Hartman, she co-authored Gender and American Jews: Patterns in Work, Education and Family in Contemporary Life (Brandeis University Press, 2009), based on the 2000-1 National Jewish Population Survey and Gender Equality and American Jews (SUNY Press, 1996), based on the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey, as well as articles in Sociology of Religion, Sex Roles, Journal of Marriage and Family, and more. Her papers co-authored with Ira M. Sheskin based on the Decade 2000 data set of 22 community studies have appeared in Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Religious Research Review, Contemporary Jewry, and more.


James H Heinzen
Professor, Department of History
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James Heinzen teaches courses on modern Russian and Soviet history, the Cold War, Stalinism, historical methods, and modern European history. He received his B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Heinzen's research interests include Stalinism, the history of crime and corruption, and cultural history of Russia. He is the author of The Art of the Bribe: Corruption, Politics, and Everyday Life in the time of Stalin, which is forthcoming from Yale University Press.

Laurie Kaplis-Hohwald
Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures
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Dr. Kaplis-Hohwald received her B.A. fom Queens College, CUNY, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Romance Languages, with a specialization in Spanish language and literature, from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her duties in the Spanish program, she teaches a wide variety of interdisciplinary Honors courses, including "Christians, Jews and Muslims in Medieval Spain." Dr. Hohwald's principal field of research is Spanish Renaissance poetry, and she has published articles on Lope de Vega's religious poetry, the picaresque novel and other Golden Age themes. She has presented papers at major regional and international conferences, and is the author of a book on literary translations of the Biblical Psalms in sixteenth and seventeenth century Spain. Dr. Hohwald's current research focuses on the manipulation of Old Testament themes, particularly images of the Temple of Jerusalem, in the literature of Imperial Spain to defend the Spanish crown's political and military domination of much of Europe and the Americas.

Melissa R. Klapper
Professor, Department of History
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Dr. Klapper earned her BA from Goucher College and her PhD from Rutgers University. She is the author of Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005) and Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007). She has won awards, grants, and fellowships from the American Jewish Archives Center, Association for Jewish Studies Women's Caucus, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, National Endowment for the Humanities, Peace History Society, Schlesinger Library on the History of American Women At Harvard University, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, among many others. Dr. Klapper is the book review editor of American Jewish History, the preeminent scholarly journal in the field. Her most recent book, Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press, 2013), won the 2013 National Jewish Book Award in Women's Studies.


Julia Pizzuto-Pomaco
Instructor, Philosophy and Religion Studies Department
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Julia Pizzuto-Pomaco received her Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from University of St. Andrews, Scotland. She has Master's and Bachelor's Degrees in Social Work from Temple University and a Master's in Divinity from Eastern Seminary (now Palmer of Eastern University). She has taught in graduate and undergraduate programs for over 15 years in a variety of fields including Religious Studies, Spirituality and Social Work, Biblical Interpretation, Women and the Biblical text and Biblical Theology. She has presented at numerous conferences and authored a chapter in Who Killed Goliath: Reading the Bible with Heart and Mind entitled: "Unity in the Midst of Diversity: The Early Church at Rome as Reflected in Romans 16". Her research interests include Interreligious Dialogue, Women in the Biblical Text, Cultural Context and Methodology. She teaches in the Rowan-Select/Seminar Program. She teaches Religions of the World, Introduction to Bible andis currently working on a class in Interreligious Dialogue. During term time she also leads monthly discussions around issues of spirituality and dialogue and serves on Rowan's Interfaith Council.

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