Administration

Ruth WeisbergRuth Weisberg, Director 

Ruth Weisberg founded the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities in 2012. She is a Professor of Fine Arts and former Dean of the University of Southern California Roski School of Art and Design.  Ruth Weisberg is an artist who works primarily in painting, drawing, printmaking and large-scale installations. Her work is included in sixty major Museums, among them the Metropolitan, the Whitney and the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s 50th Anniversary Award, 2011, and the Southern Graphic Council International’s Printmaker Emeritus Award, 2015

Contact Information:
E-mail: reweisb@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-2787


Joshua Zepeda, Administrator 

Joshua Zepeda is an accomplished photographer, award winning writer and filmmaker. His multi-disciplinary art practice also includes ceramic sculpture and painting and his work has been shown on both US coasts as well as overseas. A strong advocate of humanitarian projects, Joshua’s work as a theatre producer and documentary filmmaker has taken him from South America and the West Indies, to Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Contact Information:
E-mail: joshuaze@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-2787


Joshua HoloJoshua Holo

Joshua Holo is the Dean of the Los Angeles Campus of Hebrew Union College and an Associate Professor of Jewish History at HUC-JIR/LA Dr. Holo’s publications focus on Medieval Jews of the Mediterranean, particularly in the Christian realm.

Contact Information:
E-mail: jholo@huc.edu
Phone: (213) 749-3424


Selma HoloSelma Reuben Holo

Selma Holo is the Director of the USC Fisher Museum of Art, the Director of the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letter, Arts & Sciences International Museum Institute (IMI), and a Professor of Art History. Professor Holo’s research focuses on art history and museum studies, and she has become increasingly interested in museology-the study of museums themselves and their influences on the shaping of our culture. Selma Holo has published and lectured extensively in Spain and Latin America about the future of museums in those regions.

Contact Information:
E-mail: holo@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-4565


Paul LernerPaul Frederick Lerner

Paul lerner is an Associate Professor of History and is the Director of USC’s Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies. He is a social and cultural historian of modern Germany and Central Europe whose research interests include the history of the human sciences, Jewish history, gender, and the history and theory of consumer culture. Lerner has written on the history of psychiatry, specifically on hysteria and traumatic disorders in the late nineteenth and early twentieth-centuries, on Jewish gender history, and on Jewish-owned department stores. This year, he published the book, The Consuming Temple: Jews, Department Stores and The Consumer Revolution in Germany (Cornell).

Contact Information:
E-mail: plerner@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-1653


Michael RenovMichael Renov 

Michael Renov is a Professor of Critical Studies and is the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Cinematic Arts. Michael Renov’s teaching and research interests include documentary theory, autobiography in film and video, video art and activism, and representations of the Holocaust. His is the author of The Subject of Documentary (2004) and Hollywood’s Wartime Woman: Representation and Ideology (1988). Michael Renov is an editor for the Visible Evidence book series at the University of Minnesota Press, which has published 27 volumes on various aspects of nonfiction media since 1997.

Contact Information:
E-mail: renov@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-3335


Lynn Swartz DoddLynn Swartz Dodd

Lynn Swartz Dodd is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Religion and the Director of the Interdisciplinary Archaeology Undergraduate Major and Minor at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. She is an archaeologist whose research centers on the politics of the past, including holy lands and sacred sites, such as those in Israel and on Catalina (Pimu) Island off the California coast.  As Curator of USC’s Archaeology Research Center, she is engaged in technical material studies, excavation publication projects, and research on human-environment interactions. She co-organized the Israeli-Palestinian Archaeology Working Group and contributed to the Jerusalem Old City Initiative.

Contact Information:
E-mail: swartz@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-0266


Nick Strimple Nick Strimple 

Nick Strimple is an Associate Professor of Choral and Sacred Music at the Thornton School of Music and is the Music Director of the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale. Nick Strimple is a composer, conductor, scholar and author whose interests include twentieth century music, Jewish music, the music of Dvořák and other Czech composers, the aesthetics of sacred music and virtually all aspects of choral music. He has served as a consultant to several museums and Holocaust Memorials including the Warsaw’s Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

Contact Information:
E-mail: strimple@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 821-5756


RobinRomansRobin Guy-Michel Romans, Liaison to Provost

Robin Romans is the Associate Vice Provost at the University of Southern California.  On behalf of the Provost, he oversees USC’s Arts and Humanities Initiative which includes serving as liaison to the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities, and administering the USC Visions and Voices and International Artist Fellowships programs.  He also serves as the Provost’s liaison to USC Arts, a collaboration of USC’s six arts deans (Architecture, Art and Design, Cinematic Arts, Dance, Dramatic Arts, and Music), and to the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study.  His teaching interests include classical political thought, Enlightenment thought, Liberalism, Marxism, feminism, and contemporary political thought.

Contact Information:
E-mail: rromans@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-2101