The Stotsky Professorship of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies was established at Northeastern University in 1991 thanks to a generous gift from Bernard A. Stotsky. It is designed to support research on and teaching about the broad ethical, cultural, and social issues stemming from the Holocaust and to further new approaches to problems of social justice and modern Judaism.
Open to members of the full-time tenured faculty across the University, the holder of the Stotsky Professorship is selected by an interdisciplinary faculty committee. It is held for a three-year term, and may be renewed once. The holder of the Professorship receives a $5000 annual stipend, an annual discretionary fund of $5,000, and one course release over the course of the fellowship, funded by an additional stipend given directly to the holder’s department. A condition of the position is that the Stotsky Professor will present the results of his or her research to a formal Convocation of the University community. Past holders of the Professorship have included Joshua Jacobson (Music), William Miles (Political Science), and Inez Hedges (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures), Laurel Leff (Journalism), and Dov Waxman (International Affairs).