Lori Lefkovitz, Director
Lori Hope Lefkovitz, a professor of English and director of the Jewish Studies Program, holds the Ruderman Chair in Jewish Studies at Northeastern University. Widely published in interdisciplinary fields within literary and Jewish studies, her books include The Character of Beauty in the Victorian Novel; Textual Bodies: Changing Boundaries of Literary Representation; Shaping Losses: Cultural Memory and the Holocaust (edited with Julia Epstein), and In Scripture: The First Stories of Jewish Sexual Identities, a finalist for the 2010 National Jewish Book Award in the category of women’s studies. She had been an associate professor at Kenyon College and held the Gottesman Chair at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, from which she was awarded an honorary doctorate, and where she had been the founding director of Kolot, the Center for Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies. A graduate of Brandeis University with a PhD in English from Brown University, Lefkovitz was awarded a Woodrow Wilson dissertation fellowship in the Women’s Studies Division, has been a Fulbright Professor and a Golda Meir fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an associate fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and a post-doctoral fellow at the Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalysis.
Gabrielle Fiorenza-Hagopian, Assistant Director of Events & Public Humanities Initiatives
Gabrielle Fiorenza-Hagopian is the Assistant Director of Events & Public Humanities Initiatives for the CSSH Office of the Dean and Humanities Center at Northeastern University. She graduated from Simmons University with a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in Studio Art and Communications and received her Master of Science in Project Management from Northeastern University. Her primary responsibilities include leading college-wide event logistics and the CSSH event staff group, managing budgets, marketing, and communications for the center, and providing support to the Director.