Adjunct Professor of Comparative Literature and Languages
Calkins Hall 305
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Degrees: PHD, 1980, Bar Ilan Univ; MA, 1974, New York Univ; BA, 1973, CUNY Queens Coll
Professor Nitza Druyan holds a BA in History from Queens College of the City University of New York, with honors in history and social studies, and the Pinson Koppel Award for the highest record in history in her graduating class. She graduated summa cum laude from Teachers’ Institute of Yeshiva University and also holds a Masters Degree in Hebrew Culture and Education from New York University. In 1980, Dr. Druyan received her PhD in Jewish History from Bar Ilan University (in Israel).
Her professional experience includes teaching at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University, Queens College and The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. She also lectures widely in many academic and lay forums, including public libraries, teacher training programs and adult education centers.
Nitza Druyan spent many years in Israel. She served as a consultant to the Ministry of Education in curriculum planning, teachers’ training programs and textbook publications, and was an active member of several advisory and volunteer committees, including the National Council of Arts and Culture.
Dr. Druyan’s area of research concentrates in the modern Jewish experience, with emphasis on social history and literary/cultural trends. Her first book, Without a Magic Carpet, was published in 1982. A year later, her second book, Pioneers of the Yemenite Jewish Immigration, appeared as part of a series of the Israel Historical Society. She is also the author of numerous articles and chapters in periodicals and books (in Hebrew and English) on the subjects of Yemenite Jewish history and culture, Zionism, Jewish immigration, contemporary Jewish history and identity, and literature, culture and ethnic diversity in Israel. In 2006, she was the guest editor of a special issue (#11) of Nashim, the international/academic journal of Jewish women’s studies. Druyan has presented many papers in academic conferences and has received fellowships from the national Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Scholars Program.
Prof. Druyan is currently the Director of the Long Island Center for Jewish Studies and has been a faculty member of Hebrew language, literature and Jewish culture at Hofstra University since 1987.