Julia Verkholantsev

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Associate Professor
Contact Information
Office Address: 
736 Williams Hall
Phone: 
215-898-8649
Email Address: 
juliaver@sas.upenn.edu

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Slavic Department Website

Summary of Interests: 
Slavic cultural history

Liliane Weissberg

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Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor in the School of Arts & Sciences
Professor of German and Comparative Literature
Graduate Chair of Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
Contact Information
Office Address: 
747 Williams Hall
Phone: 
(215) 898-7332 or (215) 898-3343
Email Address: 
lweissbe@sas.upenn.edu
Office Hours: 
Thursday 2:00 - 4:00 pm, and by appt.

Liliane Weissberg is Professor of German and Comparative Literature. She is also a member of the Jewish Studies Program, the Art History Graduate Group, the English Graduate Group, the Program in Visual Studies, the Committee in Women's Studies, the Center in Folklore and Ethnography.

Education: 

Ph.D., Harvard University

Summary of Interests: 
Comparative Literature
German-Jewish writing
18th-century literature
Selected Publications: 

Among her more recent books are a critical edition of Hannah Arendt's Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewess (1997), the anthologies Cultural Memory and the Construction of Identity (with Dan Ben-Amos, 1999), Romancing the Shadow: Poe and Race (with J. Gerald Kennedy, 2001),  Picture This! Writing with Photography (with Karen Beckman, forthcoming 2011), and Hannah Arendt und die Frankfurter Schule (forthcoming, 2011), as well as Hannah Arendt, Charlie Chaplin und die verborgene jüdische Tradition (2009). 

Work in Progress: 

She is currently working on a book on Sigmund Freud and the notion of “acculturation.”

Virginia Wayland

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PhD Candidate
Contact Information
Email Address: 
vlwaylan@sas.upenn.edu

Virginia Wayland's completed dissertation "Following Moses: An Inquiry into the Prophetic Discourse of the First Century C. E." (2017) engages prophets and prophecy as a field for negotiation of authority and knowledge within Judaism of the first century C.E.  She returns to an interest in the role of religion in the ideological construction of geographically dispersed communities (B.A. Clark University, 1978) following fourteen years teaching Chemistry (Widener University 1990-2004; PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1989) and a M.A.R.

Summary of Interests: 
Ancient Christianity
Ancient Judaism

Tammie Wanta

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Email Address: 
twanta@sas.upenn.edu

Tammie completed her M.A. at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She studies Judaism and Christianity in antiquity with a special interest in literature and questions of transmission, and she's currently at work on a dissertation entitled "Wisdom Forgotten: Exploring the Afterlife of Traditions about the First Man's Wisdom." She has served as a co-Chair for the Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins, and currently serves as the Advisor for Penn’s Bassini Undergraduate Internship Program in Jewish Studies.

Summary of Interests: 
Ancient Judaism
Ancient Christianity
History of Interpretation

Melissa Wilde

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Contact Information
Office Address: 
292 McNeil Building
Phone: 
215.898.4258
Email Address: 
mwilde@sas.upenn.edu
Education: 

Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 2002.
M.A., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1998.
B.A., Sociology, New York University, with honors, 1996.

Summary of Interests: 
Sociology of Religion
Social Movements
Culture
Selected Publications: 

Wilde, Melissa J., Kristin Geraty, Shelley Nelson and Emily Bowman.  2010.  “Religious Economy or Organizational Field? Predicting Bishops’ Votes at the Second Vatican Council.” American Sociological Review. 75(4): 586-606.

Wilde, Melissa J. 2007. Vatican II: A Sociological Analysis of Religious Change. Princeton University Press: Princeton, NJ.

Wilde, Melissa J. 2007. “Who Wanted What and Why at the Second Vatican Council: Toward a General Theory of Religious Change.” Sociologica: Italian Journal of Sociology.  Bologna: Il Mulino.

Wilde, Melissa J. 2004. “How Culture Mattered at Vatican II: Collegiality Trumps Authority in the Council’s Social Movement Organizations.” American Sociological Review. 69(4):576-602.

Hout, Michael and Melissa J. Wilde. 2004. “The Denominational Society of the USA: A Reappraisal” in Patterns and Processes of Religious Change in Modern Industrial Societies: Europe and the United States. Edited by Alasdair Crockett and Richard O’Leary. Edwin Mellon Press.

Hout, Michael, Andrew M. Greeley and Melissa J. Wilde. 2001. “The Demographic Imperative In Religious Change.” American Journal of Sociology.  107(2): 468-500.
Wilde, Melissa J. 2001.

“From Excommunication to Nullification: Testing and Extending Supply-Side Theories of Religious Marketing With the Case of Catholic Marital Annulments,” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 40(2): 235-249.

Work in Progress: 

My current book project, Birth of the Culture Wars: How Race Divided American Religion, seeks to understand why the American religious field first began to diverge on issues of sex and gender by examining 31 of the largest denominations’ stances on contraception, circa 1931. 

Recent Courses: 
  • Soci100: Introduction to Sociology
  • Soci239: Religion and Society
  • Soci370: Research Methods in Sociology
  • Soci559: Graduate Sociology of Religion
  • Soci604: Graduate Research Methods

David Wallace

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Judith Rodin Professor of English
Contact Information
Office Address: 
315 Fisher-Bennett Hall
Phone: 
215-746-3767
Email Address: 
dwallace@english.upenn.edu
Office Hours: 
on leave for Fall term 2011
Summary of Interests: 
Medieval period
Early Modern period
Selected Publications: 

Premodern Places: Calais to Surinam, Chaucer to Aphra Behn: http://books.google.com/books?id=KGcU4uSS0DcC

"Periodizing Women: Mary Ward (1585-1645) and the Premodern Canon," JMEMS 36.2.

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing (ed. with Carolyn Dinshaw, 2003).

The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature (ed. 1999, 2002).

Work in Progress: 

David is currently editing a literary history of Europe, 1348-1418, a work of 600,000 words in 82 chapters to be published by Oxford University Press and supported by the Guggenheim Foundation. This is organized not by 'national blocks' (English literature, Spanish literature, etc.) but rather by nine sequences of places, or itineraries. It assumes that the space of 'Europe' becomes intelligible only through dialogue with that which forms its 'outside,' or dialogues with it. This project has an interactive website.

Ann E. Mayer

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Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics
Contact Information
Office Address: 
3730 Walnut Street 6th Floor
Phone: 
215.898.5717
Email Address: 
mayera@wharton.upenn.edu
Education: 

PhD, University of Michigan, 1978;
Certificate, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1977;
JD, University of Pennsylvania, 1975;
MA, University of Michigan, 1966;
BA, University of Michigan, 1964

Summary of Interests: 
law in the Middle East
internat'l human rights law
Selected Publications: 

Ann E. Mayer (2009), Human Rights as a Dimension of CSR: The Blurred Lines Between Legal and Non-Legal Categories, Journal of Business Ethics, Volume 88, Supplement 4

Ann E. Mayer (2007), The Fatal Flaws in the U.S. Constitutional Project for Iraq, Journal of International Affairs. Religion & Statecraft, (Fall/Winter 2007)

Beth S. Wenger

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Professor of American Jewish History
Contact Information
Office Address: 
320 College Hall
Phone: 
215 898.5702
Email Address: 
bwenger@sas.upenn.edu
Office Hours: 
Tuesday 1:30-12:30 PM; Thursday 1:30-3:30 PM

Beth S. Wenger is Professor of History and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Education: 

Ph.D., Yale University
M.A., History, Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary
B.A., Wesleyan University

Summary of Interests: 
American Jewish history
Selected Publications: 

History Lessons: The Creation of American Jewish Heritage (Princeton University Press, 2010).

New York Jews and the Great Depression: Uncertain Promise (Yale University Press, 1996).

The Jewish Americans: Three Centuries of Jewish Voices in America (Doubleday Press, 2007).

For further publications, consult her History department profile.

Recent Courses: 

Ann Moyer

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Associate Professor of History
Contact Information
Office Address: 
215C College Hall
Phone: 
215 898.4957
Email Address: 
moyer@sas.upenn.edu
Office Hours: 
Tuesday 1:30-3 PM or by appointment
Summary of Interests: 
Renaissance Europe
16th-Century Italy
Selected Publications: 

Musica Scientia: Musical Scholarship in the Italian Renaissance (Cornell University Press, 1992).

Raffaele Brandolini On Music and Poetry (MRTS, 2001).

The Philosophers' Game: Rithmomachia in Medieval and Renaissance Europe (University of Michigan Press, 2001).

Recent Courses: 

HIST 001 Europe In A Wider World
HIST 201 Florence in History
HIST 201 Magic, Religion, and Science Before the Scientific Revolution
HIST 308 Renaissance Europe
HIST 342 European Intellectual History, 1300 - 1600
HIST 422 Science and Culture in the West: from the Greeks to Galileo
HIST 620 A History of Cultural History: The Renaissance
HIST 620 The Presence of the Past: Readings in European Cultural History
HIST 620 European Intellectual History, 1300 - 1600
HIST 700 The Study of History
HIST 720 Research in Medieval and Early Modern History

Sarah Barringer Gordon

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Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History
Contact Information
Office Address: 
G-106, 3400 Chestnut St
Phone: 
215-898-3069
Email Address: 
sgordon@law.upenn.edu

Sally Gordon is a widely recognized scholar and commentator on religion in American public life and the law of church and state. She researches and teaches in American constitutional and legal history, religion and religious experience, and property.

Education: 

Ph.D. (history), Princeton, 1995
M.A.R. (religion), Yale, 1987
J.D., Yale, 1986
B.A., Vassar, 1982

Summary of Interests: 
Religion and the Law
American Legal History
Selected Publications: 

The Mormon Question: Polygamy and Constitutional Conflict in Nineteenth-Century America (University of North Carolina Press 2002).

The Spirit of the Law: Religious Voices and the Constitution in Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2010).

Convictions: Mormon Polygamy and Criminal Law Enforcement in Nineteenth-Century Utah (with Kathryn Daynes, co-author, University of Illinois Press) (forthcoming)

Work in Progress: 

The Sins of the Fathers: The Mountain Meadows Massacre in Religious History (with Jan Shipps).

The Place of Faith: Religion and Property in American History (book-length project on property ownership by religious organizations, including conflicts over disestablishment, schism, political entities, enterprise, bankruptcy, and more)

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