What would you like prospective grad students to know about you, your teaching, and your scholarship?
Prof. Russ-Fishbane's graduate courses focus on major areas of medieval Jewish history culture, law, and literature. Doctoral students in the medieval track receive a thorough training in the broad spectrum of Jewish sources and scholarly methodologies. Emphasis is placed both on depth of study in the primary sources (essential for a future in scholarship) and breadth of general expertise (essential for a future in the classroom).
What types of undergraduate courses do you teach and why might students be interested in these classes?
Prof. Russ-Fishbane's undergraduate teaching covers many areas of Jewish life and culture (including Jewish mysticism, philosophy, and politics), specialized courses (such as a history of Sephardic Jewry and a history of Jewish-Muslim relations), and more advanced courses in the history of halakhah (e.g. rabbinic responses to modernity, custom in Jewish law, and medicine and Jewish law).