Faculty of the Graduate Group 

Graduate studies in NELC are conducted under the auspices of the Graduate Group in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. In the Graduate Group faculty, the Standing Faculty of NELC is augmented by archeologists, historians, art historians, and specialists on religions of Near Eastern origin who share its focus on the primary sources of the Near East. Many emeritus faculty also continue to be active in working with students in the MA and PhD programs.

NELC faculty also hold close connections with Penn Museum (which draws several of its curators from the faculty of NELC), the Middle East Center, the Center for Ancient Studies, the program in Ancient History, the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, and the program in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, among other programs and institutions.

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Paul M. Cobb

Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations

Medieval Islamic History

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Natalie B. Dohrmann

Associate Director Herbert D. Katz Center, Adj. Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Early Rabbinic Judaism, Law, Exegesis, Jews in the Roman Empire

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Reyhan Durmaz

Reyhan Durmaz

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Medieval Middle East

Cohen Hall 230Read Bio

Jamal J. Elias

Jamal J. Elias

Walter H. Annenberg Professor of the Humanities Professor of Religious Studies

Islam, Sufism, Visual Culture

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Huda Fakhreddine

Associate Professor of Arabic Literature

Arabic Literature

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Talya Fishman

Associate Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Intellectual and Cultural History

Jewish Intellectual and Cultural History of the Medieval and Early Modern Periods

(215) 898-5837

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Nili Gold

Professor of Modern Hebrew Language & Literature

Modern Hebrew Language & Literature

(215) 573-5312

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Simcha Gross

Assistant Professor of Ancient Rabbinics

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Emily Hammer

Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, Archeology and Anthropology of the Ancient World

Digital Humanities and Near Eastern Archaeology

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Kathryn Hellerstein

Kathryn Hellerstein

Professor of Germanic Languages

Yiddish Poetry

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