New Appointments Include Dr. James Kahn, Vice President of Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Who Will Chair Economics

Aug 17, 2009 — Yeshiva University appointed 19 new undergraduate and graduate faculty members this fall.

Dr. James A. Kahn (left), a foremost expert in economics, was appointed the Bertha and Henry Kressel Professor of Economics and chair of the combined economics departments of Yeshiva College and Stern. He comes to YU after a long tenure at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, most recently as vice president since 2004. Last year, Kahn was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is the author of more than two dozen articles and the recipient of many awards and grants. Kahn received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986 after graduating summa cum laude from Harvard University with a BA in economics. Kahn will be teaching at both the men’s and women’s undergraduate programs.

Dr. Ronnie Perelis joins Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies as the Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham and Jelena (Rachel) Alcalay Professor of Sephardic Studies (Judeo-Spanish). His area of research is the history and literature of Marranos, Spanish Jews forced to convert to Christianity under threat of expulsion, the subject of his PhD research at NYU. He has taught at institutions including Brandeis University, University of Pennsylvania and NYU.

Dr. Moshe Krakowski has been appointed assistant professor at Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. Krakowski received his PhD at Northwestern University in 2008 and conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Chicago. His research interests include conceptual change, spatial intelligence, ultra-Orthodox Jewish education, worldview, epistemology and non-dominant epistemologies. Krakowski has presented his work at numerous conferences and has taught and led workshops for elementary school teachers.

Other new faculty, listed by school, include:

Stern College
Cila Allon, instructor of Hebrew studies
Mark Edelman, clinical assistant professor of physics
Deena Rabinovich, instructor of Bible and director of Jewish Education Project

Yeshiva College
Kirsty Campbell, assistant professor of English
Ariel Malka, assistant professor of psychology
Julie Napolin, visiting assistant professor of English

Sy Syms School of Business
Jesse Itzkowitz, assistant professor of marketing

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Felix Wu, assistant professor of law

Albert Einstein College of Medicine (faculty appointed between July 1 and Sept. 30)
David Shechter, assistant professor of biochemistry
Mia Gaudet, assistant professor of epidemiology and population health
Gregoire Lauvau, associate professor of microbiology and immunology
Michelle Gong, associate professor of clinical medicine
Matthew Abramowitz, assistant professor of medicine/nephrology
Matthew Gamble, assistant professor of molecular pharmacology
Roy Chuck, professor and chairman of ophthalmology
Ryung Kim, assistant professor of epidemiology and population health/biostatistics

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