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Justin Cammy
Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Comparative Literature

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Justin Cammy

Justin Cammy is associate professor of Jewish studies and comparative literature, and immediate past director of Middle East Studies. He has a B.A. in Middle East studies from McGill University and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. At Smith, he teaches courses related to Zionism and Israeli history, Hebrew literature, and Jerusalem as sacred religious and political space.

Cammy first visited the Middle East in 1988. Since then, he has returned more than two dozen times to study, teach and research. He spent the 2013-14 academic year as Webb Visiting Scholar at the Goldreich Institute for Yiddish Studies at Tel Aviv University and Research Fellow at Yad Vashem, and in 2007 he spent seven months as visiting scholar at the Harman Institute for Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University. From 2011-2013 Cammy co-directed a Smith Global Engagement Seminar in Jerusalem. Based in the Lewis Global Studies Center, the course brought students to Jerusalem for an intensive summer seminar on the religious history and contemporary politics of the city. Cammy also has accompanied groups of Smith alumnae as faculty-in-residence on study tours of Israel. In addition to his experiences in Israel and the West Bank, he has traveled in the West Bank, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Morocco.

He invites and welcomes proposals from students interested in pursuing special studies on aspects of Israeli history, politics and culture, and on the history of Zionism. Students interested in studying abroad in Israel also are welcome to contact him for further information.

In 2006, Justin Cammy was awarded the Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching at Smith.