Core Faculty

Richard A. Cohen

Professor of Jewish Thought

Professor of Philosophy

Affiliated Professor, University of Haifa, Israel

Office: 701 Clemens Hall

Telephone: (716) 645-3695

Fax: (716) 645-3473


Professor Cohen works in the area of modern and contemporary continental philosophy and Jewish thought. He has recently published Out of Control: Confrontations between Spinoza and Levinas (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2016).  The book is a critique of Spinoza’s metaphysics and theological-political philosophy from the point of view of a deeper understanding of ethics and Judaism. He is also Director of the annual Levinas Philosophy Summer Seminar, and the NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers to be held at UB July 17-21, 2017.  Cohen has been invited during spring semester 2017 to be a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Rome – La Sapienza.  He will be giving a series of lectures proposing a critical and progressive Theory of Justice in the face of contemporary challenges to democracy, social solidarity and the environment.


Sergey Dolgopolski

Associate Professor and Chair of Department of Jewish Thought

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Office: 707 Clemens  Hall

Telephone: (716) 645-3695


Professor Dolgopolski’s general area of interest is the variety of ways in which philosophy and literature interact creating new philosophical concepts and new literary forms. He specializes on the Talmud as a body of text and thought seen from poetic, rhetoric, and philosophical perspectives, with a particular interest in mutual hermeneutics of philosophical, rhetorical, and Talmudic traditions, and with emphasis on mutually shaping engagements of poetic Talmudic and philosophical thinking.  Dolgopolski’s newest book, The political and the Talmud, has been approved for publication with Fordham University Press.  The book reclaims the importance of political thinkiing and the actions of the Rabbis in the Talmud for contemporary political thought.


   Alex Green

Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, Department of Jewish Thought and Department of History

Office: 703 Clemens Hall

Telephone: (716) 645-0762



Alexander Green is an assistant professor in the Department of Jewish Thought.  He completed his PhD at the University of Toronto in the Department for the Study of Religion and his MA in Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  His research focuses on medieval Jewish philosophy, ethics, and the history of biblical interpretation. He has finished his first book manuscript, “The Virtue Ethics of Levi Gersonides,” and is currently working on his second book project, “Joseph Ibn Kaspie and the Meaning of History: the Bible as Historical Wisdom.” The first four chapters explore how, according to Kaspi, different conceptions of history operate in the Bible. and how this is reflected in his polemical response to Christian models of history.


  Noam Pines

Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, Department of Jewish Thought

Office: 705 Clemens

Telephone: 645-3695


Professor Pines’ research interests include poetry and poetics; literature and theology; modernism in Hebrew, German, Yiddish, and English; and animals in Literature. He has finished the manuscript of his first book, “The Infrahuman: Animal Poetics in Modern Jewish Literature.”  Professor Pines’ current book project, “Children of Saturn: Jews and The Roots of Melancholia,” which examines the notion of melancholia in its relation to Jews and modern Jewish identity by uncovering a constellation in which an entire array of themes and motifs play a part.


Marla Segol

Undergraduate Advisor, Department of Jewish Thought

Associate Professor, Departments of Jewish Thought and Transnational Studies

Office: 709 Clemens Hall


Professor Marla Segol’s research is in the fields of kabbalah, Jewish magic, and the history of the body in religion. Her most recent book was Word and Image in Medieval Kabbalah: The Texts, Commentaries and Diagrams of the ‘Sefer Yetsirah’ (Palgrave, 2012).  In 2015-2016, Segol took a research leave to fully draft her new book: Tracing the Body Divine, which begins with the controversial idea that medieval Jewish mystics believed in divine corporeality, and that this belief directly informed their understandings of the human body. Her next project, The Sacred Body in the New Age will focus on North American New Age religion, examining esoteric conceptions of gender, embodiment, and sacred sexuality in contemporary North America. Segol has also published articles on magic and astrology, on contemporary self help literature, and in the idea of microcosm.

Adjunct Faculty

Lilia Dolgopolskaia

Adjunct Instructor, Jewish Thought

Office: 702 Clemens Hall

Telephone:  (716) 645-3695


Lilia Dolgopolskaia has a MA in Hebrew Language and Second Language Acquisition and offers four semesters of Modern Conversational Hebrew.


Daniel P. Kotzin

Adjunct Instructor, Jewish Thought

(Professor of History, Medaille College, Buffalo)

Office: 712 Clemens Hall

Telephone: (716) 645-3695


Affiliated Faculty

Kenneth Dauber

Professor of English

Office: 633 Clemens Hall

Telephone: (716) 645-0717




W. Michele Parente

Assistant to the Chair

Office: 712 Clemens Hall

Telephone: (716) 645-3695