Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg (PhD 2003)

Dr. Cushing is Murray W. and Mildred K. Finard Associate Professor in Jewish Studies, and Associate Professor of Religion; and serves as Director of Jewish Studies at Colgate University. Her research focuses on post-biblical Jewish literature, literary theory, Western religions and the Bible in American life. Her publications include Sustaining Fictions: Intertextuality, Midrash, Translation, and the Literary Afterlife of the Bible. New York: T & T Clark, 2008, based on her dissertation, and work co-edited with Peter Hawkins, most recently From the Margins: Women of the Hebrew Bible and their Afterlives. Peter S. Hawkins, co-editor. Sheffield UK: Sheffield-Phoenix, 2009.

Leah Hochman (PhD 2000)

Dr. Hochman is the Director of the Louchheim School for Judaic Studies at USC and Associate Professor of Jewish Thought at HUC/JIR, Los Angeles. Her scholarly interests include the intersections of thought, philosophy and religion, the relationships between religion and literature in fiction, memoir, and autobiography, Judaism in the Americas, and Jewish life and culture in contemporary Germany. Her book, The Ugliness of Moses Mendelssohn: Aesthetics, Religion & Morality in the Eighteenth Century, which is a significant revision of her phd dissertation, was published by Routledge in 2014. Before teaching at HUC-JIR, Dr. Hochman taught at the University of Florida and Boston University.