Executive Committee

Robert J. Lieber

Executive Committee Chair

Robert Lieber Robert J. Lieber is Professor of Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University, where he has previously served as Chair of the Government Department and Interim Chair of Psychology, and chairs the Executive Committee of the Center for Jewish Civilization. 

His latest book is, Retreat and its Consequences: American Foreign Policy and the Problem of World Order, published by Cambridge University Press.  He is author or editor of sixteen other books on international relations and U.S. foreign policy and has been an advisor to presidential campaigns, to the State Department, and to the drafters of U.S. National Intelligence Estimates. 

He was born and raised in Chicago, received his undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin and earned his Ph.D. at Harvard.  He held fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Smith Richardson Foundation.  He also has taught at Harvard, Oxford and the University of California, Davis, and has been Visiting Fellow at the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques in Paris, the Brookings Institution in Washington, and Fudan University in Shanghai.  His articles have appeared in leading scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers, and his media appearances have included the PBS NewsHour; ABC, NBC, CBS, and NPR networks; and programs in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.  Professor Lieber has been a recipient of Georgetown University’s Career Research Achievement Award and the Hepburn-Shibusawa Distinguished Senior Lectureship at the University of Tokyo. He is an avid tennis player, and among his other credits is a walk-on part in the Alfred Hitchcock film classic, North by Northwest.

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Jacques Berlinerblau


Jacques Berlinerblau is Professor and Director of Jewish Civilization at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He holds separate doctorates in Biblical Hebrew and Theoretical Sociology and has combined his training to produce various interdisciplinary books and articles. In 2005, he published The Secular Bible: Why Nonbelievers Must Take Religion Seriously (Cambridge). His work on secularism, in particular as it pertains to American politics, was continued in the 2008 Thumpin’ It: The Use and Abuse of the Bible in Today’s Presidential Politics (Westminster John Knox Press). In 2012, he released his first trade book entitled How To Be Secular: A Call to Arms For Religious Freedom (Houghton Mifflin).

Professor Berlinerblau also writes extensively about Jewish-American literature and serves as a book review editor at the journal Philip Roth Studies. Some of his other research focuses on atheism, biblical hermeneutics, and African-American and Jewish-American relations. An occasional commentator on national and international affairs, he has appeared on CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera, CBS Evening News, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He has written for The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Jewish Daily Forward, Haaretz, and many other cultural fora. He has just published his seventh book, Campus Confidential, about the collapse of the American professoriate and the future of higher education.

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Reverend Dennis McManus

Associate Director

Father McManusFr. Dennis McManus has taught at Georgetown University since 1997. He holds a master's degree in historical ethics from Georgetown University and a doctorate from Drew University in historical theology. At present, he is the Associate Director of the Program for Jewish Civilization in the School of Foreign Service. In addition to this role, Fr. McManus is also the director of the Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust Education. Fr. McManus teaches courses on Jewish-Catholic relations, the Holocaust, and oversees the Senior Colloquium. 

Fr. McManus has served for the last four years as Consultant for Jewish Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), where he staffs the two official dialogues between the Jewish community and the Catholic Church in the United States. He also belongs to the Church Relations Committee of the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum and from 1999-2008 was a member of the editorial board of The Stimulus Foundation of New York that publishes works devoted to Catholic-Jewish history and relations. From 2009- 2011, he was the personal delegate of the Archbishop of New York to the Jewish community of New York City. Since 1997, Fr. McManus has membered on the board of directors of the Anti-Defamation League/USCCB joint program in Holocaust education known as Bearing Witness, offered nationally in Catholic dioceses. He is also director of the newly founded Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Georgetown University, which sponsors a week-long, intensive program in Holocaust education for high school teachers from across the U.S. Additionally, he teaches annually in the Holocaust Education workshop at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.

Fr. McManus's research interests lie in two fields: first, the relationship of Jews with early Christians and second, the meaning of Judaism in Roman Catholic liturgy. As general editor of The Ancient Christian Writers Series (Paulist Press, New York) from 1993-2007, and Drew University's translation editor from 1995-1997 for its new series, Ancient Christian Commentary (IVPress, Downers Grove), he helped to highlight the interaction of Christianity and Judaism in early Church writing. Fr. McManus has written numerous articles on this and other historical topics in The Word Set Free (ADL, 2000); The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian-Jewish Relations (2002) and "The Jewish Background of the Celibacy of Jesus" in The Celibacy of Jesus (St. Botolph Press, 2012).

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Rabbi Harold S. White

Founding Senior Rabbi

Rabbi WhiteWe are saddened to say that Rabbi Harold White passed away on August 31st, 2015, at the age of 83. He was instrumental in founding the Program for Jewish Civilization in 2004 and providing its guiding vision.

Rabbi White retired from Georgetown University after serving as Jewish Chaplain for 40 years. Rabbi White was the first rabbi to be appointed to a full-time Campus Ministry position by a Catholic university.

Rabbi White completed his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and received ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. He served as a United States Navy Chaplain at Parris Island, South Carolina and with the 7th Fleet in the Pacific. He has served as a congregational Rabbi at the Dublin Jewish Progressive Congregation in Dublin, Ireland and at Beth Israel Congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Rabbi White served as the B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation at American University in Washington, DC for nine years prior to his appointment as Jewish Chaplain of Georgetown University. He was also the associate rabbi of Temple Sinai in Washington, DC from 1980-1985.

Elliott Abrams
Adjunct Professor, Program for Jewish Civilization

Roger D. Bensky
Professor Emeritus, Department of French

Jacques D. Berlinerblau
Director and Professor, Center for Jewish Civilization; Rabbi Harold White Chair in Jewish Civilization

David Bronstein
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

Robert Burkett
Senior Advisor to the President

Daniel L. Byman
Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs; Professor, Security Studies Program and Department of Government

Rev. Matthew E. Carnes
Director, Center for Latin American Studies; Assistant Professor, Department of Government

Joshua L. Cherniss
Associate Professor, Department of Government

Andrew Cornblatt
Dean of Admissions, Georgetown Law; Associate VP of Graduate Admissions and Enrollment

Ricardo Ernst
Professor of Operations, McDonough School of Business; Co-Director, Global Logistics Research Program; Baratta Chair in Global Business 

Howard J. Federoff
Adjuct Professor, Department of Neurology

Rhonda B. Friedman
Professor, Department of Neurology; Director, Center for Aphasia Research and Rehabilitation (CARR) and the Cognitive Neuropsychology Laboratory at GUMC; VP University Faculty Senate

Robert L. Gallucci
Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy

Rabbi Rachel Gartner
Director for Jewish Life, Main Campus Ministry; Professor, Center for Jewish Civilization

Michael Goldman
Jewish Chaplain, Law Campus Ministry

Keren Hammerschlag
Assistant Director and Professor, Center for Jewish Civilization; Post-Doctoral Assitant Professor, Department of Art and Art History

Aviad Haramati
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology; Director, CENTILE

Brian Hochman
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Faculty, American Studies Program

Bruce Hoffman
Director and Professor, Center for Security Studies and Security Studies Program

Richard Jacobs
Senior Director of Development

Terrence Johnson
Associate Professor, Department of Theology

Michael Kazin
Professor, Department of History

Charles King
Professor, Department of Government and School of Foreign Service

Adriana Kugler
Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy

John P. Langan
Cardinal Bernardin Chair/Catholic Social Thought; Professor, Department of Philosophy; Senior Research Fellow, Kennedy Institute of Ethics; Core Faculty, School of Foreign Service

Robert J. Lieber
Professor, Department of Government and School of Foreign Service

David J. Luban
University Professor, Georgetown Law

Michael S. Macovski
Associate Professor, CCT

Rev. Dennis D. McManus
Associate Director and Associate Professor, Program for Jewish Civilization; Director, Jan Karski Institute

Joshua Mitchell
Professor, Department of Government and Georgetown SFS in Qatar

Benny Morris
Aaron and Cecile Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor, Department of Government

Jonathan S. Ray
Associate Professor and Samuel Eig Associate Professor in Jewish Studies, Department of Theology

Jason P. Rosenblatt
Emeritus Professor, Department of English

Aviel Roshwald
Professor, Department of History

Dennis Ross
Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy

Steven R. Sabat
Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology

S. Gerald Sandler
Director of Blood Bank and Co-Director of Residency Training Program, Department of Pathology; SOM Clinician Scholar Track

Marius Schwartz
Professor, Department of Economics

Yossi Shain
Founding Director, Center for Jewish Cvilization; Professor, Department of Government

Nancy Sherman
Professor, Department of Philosophy; Fellow, Kennedy Institute

Andrew J. Sobanet
Associate Professor, Department of French

Ori Z. Soltes
Teaching Professor, Program for Jewish Civilization

Angela E. Stent
Professor, Department of Government; Director, Center for Eurasian, Russian & East European Studies

Michele L. Swers
Professor, Department Government

Deborah Tannen
University Professor, Department of Linguistics

John O. Voll
Professor Emeritus, School of Foreign Service

Louis M. Weiner
Director and Professor, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center; Charlotte G. Gragnani Chair, Department of Onocology

Charles Weiss
Distinguished Professor of Science Technology and International Affairs, School of Foreign Service

Kenneth Yalowitz
Director of the Master's Program in Conflict Resolution, Department of Government

Sheila Cohen Zimmet
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology; Senior Associate VP, GUMC

Emily Zenick
Chief of Staff, School of Foreign Service