Stroum Center students, faculty and community members of different generations and backgroundsAbout Us

Innovation that Makes an Impact

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 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.

He has been the Director of the Stroum Center since 2011 and has overseen the development of a model online presence, the creation of a graduate fellowship program, and the emergence of the Sephardic Studies program. Learn more >

Our Team

Sarah Zaides Rosen
Associate Director
Emily Thompson
Outreach & Events Manager
Lauren Kurland
Director of Student Engagement
Kara Schoonmaker
Digital Media Coordinator
Ty Alhadeff
Sephardic Studies Research Coordinator
Prof. Mika Ahuvia
Undergraduate Student Faculty Adviser

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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 Advisory Council (JSAC) gives students an important voice in curriculum, event planning, and program outreach. The JSAC works closely with faculty and staff to build a vibrant Jewish Studies student community on the UW campus.   Read more >