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Justin Cammy
Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Comparative Literature
Director, Program in Jewish Studies
Past-Director, Program in Middle East Studies

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Justin Cammy, associate professor of Jewish Studies and Comparative Literature, is a specialist in modern Jewish literature, culture, and politics. He has a PhD from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, and a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science from McGill University. He was a student at the Rothberg International Program of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1990-91), a visiting scholar at the Hebrew University (2007), and a visiting scholar at Tel Aviv University and Yad Vashem (2013-2014).

Professor Cammy's scholarly interests in the intersection of history, politics, religion, and culture are reflected in his teaching, which includes the courses: "Perspectives on the Arab-Israel Conflict" (taught fall 2015), "Israel: Texts and Contexts", and "Jerusalem". He also serves as study abroad advisor for students wishing to study in Israel.

Professor Cammy believes in the importance of branching out beyond the classroom to share his learning. He has led two Smith alumnae trips to Israel, three Global Engagement Seminars to Jerusalem, and has spoken to alumnae groups, community audiences, and Smith students on Israeli cultural history, contemporary Israeli politics, and the peace process. In addition to more than two dozen separate trips to Israel over his career, he has also traveled in the Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, and Morocco.

In 2006 Justin Cammy was awarded Smith's Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching.