Rutie Adler

Lecturer in Hebrew

Rutie Adler taught Hebrew language courses and coordinated the Hebrew program in the department from 1986 until 2022.

Daniel Boyarin

Professor of the Graduate School, Hermann P. & Sophia Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture Emeritus

Daniel Boyarin is the Hermann P. and Sophia Taubman Emeritus Professor of Talmudic Culture and was appointed in the Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Rhetoric from 1990 until his retirement in 2021. He was affiliated to the Department of Women and Gender Studies, a core faculty member for the minor in Gay and Lesbian Studies and the designated emphasis in Women, Sexuality, Gender Studies, as well as a member of the graduate group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology and the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture.

John Hayes

Lecturer in Arabic & Comparative Semitics

Dr. John Hayes received his Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA in 1984. Since then he has taught at Cal, with occasional visiting stints elsewhere. His principal interests are Semitic linguistics; the history of Arabic and the grammatical study of Arabic; Sumerian; the contemporary Middle East. Dr. Hayes is a recepient of an Honorary Membership in the Golden Key International Honour Society; Honorary Members are professors, campus advisors, and community service leaders who have proven themselves exceptional in their careers in education and helping...

Ronald Hendel

Dabby Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies

Chana Kronfeld

Bernie Williams Professor Emerita of Modern Hebrew and Comparative Literature

Professor Kronfeld taught Hebrew, Yiddish, and Comparative Literature in MELC from the mid-1980s until her retirement in 2022.

Professor Kronfeld is the author of On the Margins of Modernism: Decentering Literary Dynamics which won the MLA Scaglione Prize in 1996 for Best Book in Comparative Literary Studies. Her co-translation (with Chana Bloch) of Yehuda Amichai’s Open Closed Open won the PEN Translation Prize. She is the recipient (with Chana Bloch) of the top 2005-6 National Endowment for the Arts award for the translation and annotated edition of Hovering...

Francesca Rochberg

Professor Emerita of Assyriology, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor Emerita of Near Eastern Studies

Francesca Rochberg is Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emerita. From 1982–1987 she held the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1993. In 2008 she was elected to the American Philosophical Society.

Rochberg was a member of the Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (formerly Near Eastern Studies) Department and a member of the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology from 2007–2022, and served as Chair of MELC from 2018–2021....