Teofilo F. Ruiz

Professor of History

A student of Joseph R. Strayer, Teo received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1974 and has taught at Brooklyn College, the CUNY Graduate Center, the University of Michigan, the Ecole des hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Princeton--as 250th Anniversary Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching--before coming to UCLA in July 1998.

Kenneth Reinhard

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and English, Director of UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory

Kenneth Reinhard is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA. He received his Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University in English and American Literature in 1989. His fields of research and teaching include the History of Critical and Aesthetic Theory, Contemporary Critical Theory (Psychoanalysis, Philosophy, Political Theory) and Jewish Studies (Hermeneutics and Modern Jewish Philosophy).

David N. Myers

Professor and Robert N. Burr Chair of History

David N. Myers received his A.B. from Yale College in 1982, and undertook graduate studies at Tel-Aviv and Harvard Universities before completing his doctorate at Columbia in 1991. He has served as director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies from 1996-2000 and 2004-2009. At UCLA, Myers teaches lectures and seminars in Jewish history.

Efrain Kristal

Professor and Chair of Comparative Literature

Efrain Kristal is professor and chair of UCLA’s Department of Comparative Literature. He is also professor in UCLA’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese and in UCLA’s Department of French and Francophone Studies.

Mark Kligman

Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music, Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Mark Kligman specializes in the liturgical traditions of Middle Eastern Jewish communities and various areas of popular Jewish music.

Miriam Koral

Lecturer in Yiddish

Miriam founded the California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language, an organization which works to raise awareness and spread knowledge of Yiddish. She was also instrumental in the founding of Yiddishkayt in Los Angeles and continues to teach Yiddish at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Eleanor Kaufman

Professor of Comparative Literature, English, and French and Francophone Studies

Eleanor Kaufman is professor of Comparative Literature, English, and French and Francophone Studies, and an affiliate of the Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for the Study of Religion.

Gil Hochberg

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Gender Studies

Gil Hochberg, is an associate professor of Comparative Literature and the Director of the Graduate Program. Her work focuses on the intersections among psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory, nationalism, and sexuality.