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Marc Michael Epstein

Marc Michael Epstein


Marc Michael Epstein is Professor of Religion and Visual Culture at Vassar College, where he has been teaching since 1992 and currently serves as Director of Jewish Studies.

He has previously worked as the Director of the Hebrew Books and Manuscripts division of Sotheby's Judaica department and continues to serve as a consultant to various libraries, auction houses, museums, and private collectors throughout the world. He has served as the Corcoran Visiting Chair of Jewish-Christian Relations at Boston College and as the Shoshana Shier Distinguished Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies at The University of Toronto.

He has written on various topics in visual and material culture produced by, for, and about Jews. His 2015 book, Skies Of Parchment, Seas of Ink: Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts (Princeton) was the winner of the National Jewish Book Award. His The Medieval Haggadah: Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination (Yale) was selected by the London Times Literary Supplement as one of the best books of 2011.

Jewish Studies
Education

PhD, Yale University 
MA, MPhil, Yale University 
BA, Oberlin College

Publications

  • The Brother Haggadah: A Medieval Sephardi Masterpiece
  • Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink: Jewish Manuscript Illumination
  • The Medieval Haggadah: Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination
  • Dreams of Subversion in Medieval Jewish Art and Literature

Research Interests

Jewish visual and material culture
Religious art and culture

Courses

Jewish Arts, Culture, and Identity