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Justin Cammy
Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Comparative Literature

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On sabbatical 2013-14


Justin Cammy

Justin Cammy is associate professor of Jewish studies and comparative literature. 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 Israeli cultural history (JUD 235 Perspectives on Israeli History), Hebrew literature (FYS 186 Israel: Texts and Contexts) and Jerusalem (FYS 105 Jerusalem; GES 301 Jerusalem). Cammy served as director of the Program in Middle East Studies from 2011-13, during which time the program added a second minor in Arabic.

Cammy first visited the Middle East in 1988. Since then, he has returned more than two dozen times to study, teach and research. In 2007 he spent seven months as visiting scholar at the Harman Institute for Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University, and he has served as visiting summer faculty at Tel Aviv University's Goldreich Institute for Yiddish studies. In 2010 he accompanied a group of Smith and Yale alumnae as faculty-in-residence on a study tour of Israel. He also has traveled extensively in the West Bank, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Morocco.

Since 2011, Cammy has co-directed a Smith Global Engagement Seminar to Jerusalem. Based in the Global Studies Center, the course brings students to Jerusalem for an intensive three-week summer seminar on the religious history and contemporary politics of the city, followed by a two-month internship.

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.

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

He will be on a research sabbatical in Tel Aviv in the 2013-14 academic year.