Dr. Leah Hochman directs the Louchheim School for Judaic Studies at the University of Southern California and serves as Associate Professor of Jewish Thought at HUC-JIR's Skirball Campus in Los Angeles.
Raised in the Seattle area, she came to Southern California to earn her undergraduate degree at Pitzer College in Claremont before moving east for graduate work. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in religion and literature from Boston University, where she wrote her dissertation on Moses Mendelssohn’s theories of religion and language. Dr. Hochman spent a year in Berlin as a post-doctoral fellow at the Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum and has continued to return to Germany regularly to research and lead classes. Before coming to HUC-JIR/Los Angeles in 2008, she was assistant professor of religion and Jewish studies at the University of Florida and taught in the Great Books program at BU.
At HUC-JIR, she teaches classes in medieval and modern philosophy, American Judaism, modern history, and food ethics. At USC, she teaches classes on contemporary Jewish literature, Jewish identity and the academic study of Judaism.
Mendelssohn’s Ugly (under review)
Atlas of Judaism (forthcoming from Brown Reference Group)
“The Ugly Made Beautiful: Mendelssohn as Icon,” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies. July 2006, 5:2.
“Approaches to Jewish Studies: Teaching a Methods Course,” Teaching Theology and Religion. Spring 2005, 8:2
“The Other As Self: Mendelssohn, Diogenes, Bayle, and Spinoza,” Eighteenth Century Life. Spring 2004, 28:2