Myron and Marian Casden Director
A professor of Religion at USC, Bruce Zuckerman teaches courses in the Hebrew Bible, the Bible in Western Literature, the Ancient Near East, and Archaeology. Professor Zuckerman received his Ph.D. in ancient Near Eastern Languages from Yale University and is a specialist in Northwest Semitic languages and biblical studies. In addition to running the Casden Institute, he also directs the USC Archaeological Research Collection and both the West Semitic Research and InscriptiFact Projects. A specialist photographing ancient texts, he is involved in numerous projects related to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Professor Zuckerman's published works include Job the Silent: A Study in Biblical Counterpoint (Oxford University Press, 1991) and The Leningrad Codex: A Facsimile Edition (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1998), for which he and his brother Kenneth did the principal photography.
Professor Zuckerman has also had a continuing interest in modern Jewish thought and has always written in this area -- often looking at modern issues (e.g., the use of the term "holocaust," the Auschwitz convent controversy, the Rabin assassination and even Mel Gibson's movie on the passion) from an ancient perspective. His most recent publication, Double Takes: Thinking and Rethinking Issues of Modern Judaism in Ancient Contexts, coauthored with Zev Garber and published in 2004, collects a number of his studies on these and other modern concerns of contemporary Judaism.
Lisa Ansell received her B.A. in French and Near East Studies from UCLA; her M.A. in Middle East Studies from Harvard, was the Chair of the World Language Department of New Community Jewish High School for five years before coming to USC in August, 2007.