Leah Hochman (PhD 2000)

Dr. Hochman is Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought on the HUC Los Angeles campus. 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 doctoral work focused on the aesthetic theory of Moses Mendelssohn and her current project deals with the concepts of the Ugly and Ugliness in 18th century European thought. Before coming to HUC-JIR, Dr. Hochman taught at the University of Florida and Boston University.

Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg (PhD 2003)

Dr. Cushing is Associate Professor of Religion & 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.