Barbara Mann

Chana Kekst Professor of Jewish Literature

Department: Modern Jewish Studies

Phone: (212) 678-8816


Building Room: Unterberg 602

Office Hours: Monday 1:00–3:30 p.m.


BA, Boston University, 1984; MA, New York University, 1986; PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1997

Barbara Mann is professor of cultural studies and Hebrew Literature and the Chana Kekst Professor of Jewish Literature at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Her areas of expertise include Israeli and Jewish literature, cultural studies, modern poetry, critical theory and urban studies, literary modernism, and the fine arts.

Dr. Mann is the author of Space and Place in Jewish Studies (Rutgers University Press, 2012) and A Place in History: Modernism, Tel Aviv and the Creation of Jewish Urban Space (Stanford University Press, 2005), in addition to numerous scholarly articles. She is Editor Emerita of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History. Dr. Mann has lectured and presented scholarly papers at seminars and conferences in the United States, Israel, and Europe, and has been awarded numerous honors for her work. From 1997 to 2004, she was a member of the faculty at Princeton University, where she also served as a faculty fellow in the Center for the Study of Religion. Her current project, The Object of Jewish Literature: A Material History, is under contract with Yale University Press and has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


 For a fuller description, information about pedagogy and course offerings, and to view and download      publications, visit