F A C U L T Y

Leon Botstein
Bruce Chilton
Yuval Elmelech
Elizabeth Frank
Cecile E. Kuznitz, Director
Norman Manea
David Nelson
Joel Perlmann
Justus Rosenberg
Shai Secunda

 

Leon Botstein

President of the College; Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities
B.A., University of Chicago; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University, Department of History. Lecturer, Department of History, Boston University (1969); special assistant to the president, Board of Education, City of New York (1969–70); president, Franconia College (1970–75). Editor, The Musical Quarterly (1992– ). Music director and conductor, American Symphony Orchestra (1992– ) and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra/Israel Broadcast Authority (2003– ). Conductor, Hudson Valley Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra (1981–92). Coartistic director, Bard Music Festival (1990– ). Guest conductor, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bern Symphony, Bochum Symphony Orchestra (Germany), Budapest Festival Orchestra, Düsseldorf Symphony, Georg Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra (Bucharest), Hudson Valley Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Madrid Opera, NDR Symphony Orchestra (Hamburg), New York City Opera, ORF Orchestra (Vienna), Philharmonia Orchestra (London), Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Romanian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Wroclaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. Recordings with the American Symphony Orchestra (Arabesque, Vanguard Classics/Omega, Koch/Schwann, New World Records, Telarc); BBC Symphony Orchestra (Chandos, Telarc); Hanover Radio Symphony Orchestra (Koch International Classics); London Philharmonic Orchestra (IMP Masters, Telarc); London Symphony Orchestra (Telarc, Carlton Classics); National Philharmonic of Lithuania (Arabesque), NDR Radio Philharmonic (Koch International); NDR Symphony Orchestra (New World Records); Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston (CRI); Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Arabesque). Recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts, Austrian Cross of Honor First Class, Centennial Medal from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Frederic E. Church Award for Arts and Sciences, National Arts Club Gold Medal. Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Board chair, Central European University; board member, Open Society Institute, National Foundation for Jewish Culture. Member, National Advisory Committee for Yale–New Haven Teachers, National Council for Chamber Music America. Past chair, Association of Episcopal Colleges, Harper’s Magazine Foundation, New York Council for the Humanities. Articles in newspapers and journals including Christian Science MonitorChronicle of Higher EducationGramophone, Harper’sMusical QuarterlyNew Republic,New York Times19th-Century MusicPartisan ReviewPsychoanalytic PsychologySalmagundiTimes Literary Supplement. Essays and chapters in a number of books about art, education, history, and music, including the Cambridge Companions to Music series and the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Contributor to volumes in the Bard Music Festival series on Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Copland, Debussy, Dvoˇrák, Elgar, Haydn, Ives, Janáˇcek, Liszt, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Schoenberg, Schumann, Shostakovich, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky, published by Princeton University Press. Editor, The Compleat Brahms (W. W. Norton, 1999). Author, Jefferson’s Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture(Doubleday, 1997); Judentum und Modernität: Essays zur Rolle der Juden in der Deutschen und Österreichischen Kultur, 1848–1938 (Böhlau Verlag, 1991; Russian translation Belveder, 2003); The History of Listening: How Music Creates Meaning (forthcoming, Basic Books); Music and Modernism(forthcoming, Yale University Press). (1975– ) Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities.
Phone: 845-758-7423
E-mail: president@bard.edu

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Bruce Chilton

Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Philosophy and Religion; Executive Director, Institute of Advanced Theology, Bard College
B.A., Bard College; M.Div., General Theological Seminary, ordination to the diaconate and the priesthood; Ph.D., Cambridge University. Books includeAbraham’s Curse; Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate BiographyGod in Strength;Rabbi Paul: An Intellectual Biography; Judaic Approaches to the Gospels;Mary Magdalene: A Biography; RevelationTrading PlacesJesus’ Prayer and Jesus’ EucharistForging a Common Future; and Jesus’ Baptism and Jesus’ Healing. Editor in chief, Bulletin for Biblical Research; founding editor,Journal for the Study of the New TestamentStudying the Historical Jesusseries (E. J. Brill and Eerdman’s). Fellowships and awards: with Jacob Neusner, Choice magazine award, best academic book (1998); Evangelical Scholars Fellowship, A. Whitney Griswold Center (Yale University); Heinrich Hertz Stiftung, Theological Develop ment Fund of the Episcopal Church, National Conference of Christians and Jews. Executive Director, Institute of Advanced Theology, Bard College. (1987– ) 
Phone: 845-758-7335
E-mail: chilton@bard.edu

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Yuval Elmelech

Associate Professor of Sociology; Director, Social Policy Program; Research Associate, Levy Economics Institute
B.A., M.A., Tel Aviv University; Ph.D., Columbia University. Fellowships: Public Policy Consortium (2000), Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (2000), Paul Lazarsfeld Fellowship (1995–2000), all at Columbia University. Grants: National Science Foundation (1999); Seed Grant, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University (2001); Russell Sage Foundation (co-investigator, 2005). Author,Transmitting Inequality: Wealth and the American Family (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008). Contributor: Social Science and Medicine, Social Forces, Social Science Research, Sociological Inquiry, Megamot (Hebrew), Russian Jews on Three Continents, Global Aging and Challenges to FamiliesResearch Associate, The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College. (2001– )
Phone: 845-758-7547
E-mail: elmelech@bard.edu

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Elizabeth Frank

Faculty, Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture; Joseph E. Harry Professor of Modern Languages and Literature
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. Fellowships: Ford Foundation (1967–72); Temple University (1977); The Newberry Library (1977); American Council of Learned Societies (1977); National Endowment for the Humanities. Recipient, 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for Louise Bogan: A Portrait (1985). Author of the novel Cheat and Charmer (Random House, 2004) and numerous articles on literature, art, and literary and art criticism in New York Arts JournalArt in AmericaJournal of Modern LiteratureTwentieth-Century LiteratureARTnewsBennington ReviewThe NationSalmagundiNew York Times Book ReviewPartisan Review, others. Author, Jackson Pollock (1983), Esteban Vicente (1995).
Phone: 845-758-7220
E-mail: frank@bard.edu

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Cecile E. Kuznitz, Director

Assistant Professor of Jewish History; Director of Jewish Studies
A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard University; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University. Awarded fellowships from American Council of Learned Societies (1997–98); Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture (1999–2000); National Foundation for Jewish Culture (1999–2000); Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania (2002); Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (2004); United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (2007). Author of YIVO and the Making of Modern Jewish Culture: Scholarship for the Yiddish Nation (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Articles published in American Jewish HistoryThe Yivo Encyclopedia of the Jews in Eastern Europe; S. Ansky at the Turn of the Century; The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies; Yiddish Language and Culture: Then and Now. Visiting assistant professor of Jewish history/Jewish studies, Georgetown University (2000–2003). (2003- )
Phone: 845-758-7543
E-mail: kuznitz@bard.edu

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Norman Manea

Francis Flournoy Professor in European Studies and Culture; Writer in Residence
M.S., Institute of Construction, Bucharest, Romania. Author of novels, volumes of short fiction, and essays. Available in English: The Hooligan’s Return (memoir, 2004); The Black Envelope (novel, 1995); Compulsory Happiness (novellas, 1993); October Eight o’Clock (short fiction, 1992);On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist (essays, 1992). Awards and honors: DAAD Berliner Kunstler Programm (1987), Fulbright Fellowship (1989), MacArthur Fellowship Award (1992), Guggenheim Fellowship (1992), National Jewish Book Award (1993), The New York Public Library Literary Lion Medal (1993), Nonino International Prize (2001), Napoli Prize for Fiction (2004), Prix Médicis Étranger (2006). Member, Berlin Academy of Art (2006). (1989– )
Phone: 845-758-7083
E-mail: manea@bard.edu

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David Nelson

Rabbi and Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion
BA from Wesleyan University, Master' Degree and Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, PhD from New York University. His rabbinic experience has included five years in a small congregation, fifteen years at CLAL, a think-tank and center for leadership education, five years in a community center, and three years as the primary writer and teacher for the Reform Movement's Israel organization. He has taught in a wide range of venues, and, following the 2005 publication of his Judaism, Physics and God: Searching for Sacred Metaphors in a Post-Einstein World, has focused increasingly on issues of science and religion.
Phone: 845-758-7544
E-mail: nelson@bard.edu

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Joel Perlmann

Levy Institute Research Professor; Senior Scholar, Levy Economics Institute; Director, Middle Eastern Studies Program
B.A., Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Ph.D., Harvard University. Research grants from NIMH, NEH, NSF, NIE, Spencer and Russell Sage Foundations, Princeton Institute for Advanced Study. Author of Ethnic Differences: Schooling and Social Structure among the Irish, Italians, Jews, and Blacks in an American City, 1880–1935 (winner of the Willard Waller Award, American Sociological Association); Woman's Work?: American Schoolteachers, 1650–1920 (with Robert Margo); Italians Then, Mexicans Now: Immi grant Origins and Second-Generation Progress, 1890–2000. Coeditor, Immigrants, Schooling, and Social Mobility: Does Culture Make a Difference? and The New Race Question: How the Census Counts Multiracial Individuals. Papers in numerous journals, including Journal of American History, William and Mary Quarterly, The Annals, Historical Methods, International Migration Review, The Public Interest. Senior Scholar, Levy Economics Institute (1994– ). (1994– ) 
Phone: 845-758-7726
E-mail: perlmann@bard.edu

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Justus Rosenberg

Professor Emeritus of Languages & Literature
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati; L.L., Sorbonne, Paris. Postdoctoral research fellow, Columbia University, Syracuse University. Guest professor, New School University and universities of Belgrade, Cologne, Singapore, and Aix-en-Provence. Recipient of awards from New York Council for the Humanities, New School University. Publications: Constant Factors in Translation; Sound and Structure of English; Rilke’s Duino Elegies; Bertolt Brecht in Mandarin; Le Bateau Sobre; numerous reviews, biographies, translations. (1962–2003)Professor Emeritus of Languages and Literature. 
Phone: 845-758-7244
E-mail: rosenber@bard.edu

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Shai Secunda

Jacob Neusner Chair in the History and Theology of Judaism
Bachelors in Talmudic Literature, Ner Israel Rabbinical College; Masters in Liberal Arts, Johns Hopkins University; M.A and Ph.D, Yeshiva University (Iranian Studies at Harvard University). Has taught at Yale, where he served as a Blaustein Postdoctoral Fellow; and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he served as a Mandel Scholion Fellow and a Martin Buber Society Fellow. Publications include the monograph The Iranian Talmud: Reading the Bavli in its Sasanian Context (Philadelphia, 2013); Encounters by the Rivers of Babylon: Scholarly Conversations Between Jews, Iranians and Babylonians in Antiquity (ed., with Uri Gabbay; Tübingen, 2014); and articles in Association of Jewish Studies Review; Bulletin of the Asia Institute; Iranica Antiqua; Jewish Quarterly Review; Jewish Studies Quarterly; and Studia Iranica (with Domenico Agostini and Eva Kiesele). Languages include Hebrew, Aramaic, and Persian. He is a member of the Association of Jewish Studies and the International Society of Iranian Studies. At Bard since 2016.

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