The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies is the most comprehensive institution in the region for the academic study of Jewish life in its cultural, intellectual, religious, and international contexts. At the same time, our classes address universal questions about identity, community, and cultural adaptation over time.

Students can major or minor in Jewish Studies through our home department, the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Our courses can also count towards degree requirements for other academic programs. We support graduate student research in diverse disciplines through our Graduate Fellowship. Jewish Studies courses are open to students of all backgrounds.

Thinking Forward with Jewish Studies


Noam Pianko at 40th Anniversary Gala

Noam Pianko is Director of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies. He is the Lucia S. and Herbert L. Pruzan Professor of Jewish Studies and the Samuel N. Stroum Chair of Jewish Studies. Learn More >

Our Team

Stroum Jewish Studies Staff

Lauren Spokane
Associate Director
Hannah Pressman
Communications Director
Ty Alhadeff
Sephardic Studies Research Coordinator
Kara Schoonmaker
Digital Media Coordinator

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Advisory Board


The Jewish Studies Advisory Board helps to build a strong bridge between the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at UW and the broader Seattle community. Advisory Board members are community leaders from a variety of backgrounds, who bring their expertise, wisdom, and enthusiasm to help shape the future of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies.


JSSC Student Group

Formed in 2013, the Jewish Studies Student Committee (JSSC) gives students an important voice in curriculum, event planning, and program outreach. The JSSC works closely with faculty and staff to build a vibrant Jewish Studies student community on the UW campus.   Read More >