Executive Committee

Bruce r. Hoffman

Executive Committee Chair

hoffmanProfessor Hoffman became chair of the Center for Jewish Civilization's Executive Committee on January, 2018. Professor Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for nearly four decades.  He is a tenured professor in Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service where he is also the Director of both the Center for Security Studies and of the Security Studies Program.  In addition, he is visiting Professor of Terrorism Studies at St Andrews University, Scotland.  Professor Hoffman previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation and was also Director of RAND’s Washington, D.C. Office.  He was recently appointed by the U.S. Congress to serve as a commissioner on the Independent Commission to Review the FBI’s Post-9/11 Response to Terrorism and Radicalization.  Professor Hoffman was Scholar-in-Residence for Counterterrorism at the Central Intelligence Agency between 2004 and 2006; an adviser on counterterrorism to the Office of National Security Affairs, Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq in 2004, and from 2004-2005 an adviser on counterinsurgency to the Strategy, Plans, and Analysis Office at Multi-National Forces-Iraq Headquarters, Baghdad.  Professor Hoffman was also an adviser to the Iraq Study Group.  He is the author of Inside Terrorism (2006).  His forthcoming books, The Evolving Global Terrorist Threat: Cases From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden’s Death will be published in 2014, and Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947, in 2015.

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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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Anna Sommer Schneider 

Associate Director

Anna SommerAnna Sommer Schneider received her Ph.D. from the Department of Jewish Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. She is the author of She’erit Hapletah: Surviving Remnant. The Activities of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Poland, 1945-1989 (published in Poland in 2014) and Rescue, Relief and Renewal: 100 Years of the Joint in Poland, published in the fall of 2014. She is also the author of numerous scholarly and critical articles on Holocaust memory and the history of the Jews in post-World War II Poland, published both in Polish and English. Her most recent writings include, The Catholic Church, Radio Maria and the Question of Antisemitsm in Poland which appeared in the volume, Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives in spring, 2013.  She served as a Research Assistant at the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and has lectured frequently in Poland and America. She also has been serving as a guide and educator at the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oświęcim for over 16 years.

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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

David Hyman
Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

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

Anna Sommer
Associate Director and Professor, Jewish Civilization

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