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Meet the Jewish Studies Chair

Dr. Santiago Slabodsky

Dr. Santiago Slabodsky became Chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Hofstra in 2015. Until then he was professor at the Claremont Colleges Consortium in California. Dr. Slabodsky was born in Buenos Aires-Argentina, the city that hosts the largest Jewish community in Latin America and the Global South. He is committed to international education, holds degrees from multiple countries and teaches intensive seminars in Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East in his winter and summer breaks.

His research straddles the fields of philosophy, sociology, literature, politics, global studies and religion. In particular Dr. Slabodsky studies unexplored conversations between Jewish and Global South intellectuals (activists, artists, and scholars). At Hofstra he leads the interdisciplinary program in Jewish Studies, is a member of the Religion Department and of three regional programs (Latin American and Caribbean, European and Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies), and permanently collaborates with many other units following JWST's commitment to foster diverse voices on campus.

In his free time, as a stereotypical Latin American, he dedicates his time to soccer (but he calls it fútbol). He plays it, he watches it, he talks about it… a lot! He is very approachable and always welcomes chats with students. If you are still unsure how to start a conversation, an opening remark about soccer ought to do the trick. To chat about JWST, soccer or anything else, Dr. Slabodsky welcomes your message at Santiago.Slabodsky@hofstra.edu.