Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, has appointed Dr. Nili S. Fox as Director of the School of Graduate Studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati as of July 1, 2010. Dr. Fox is Professor of Bible at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, Director of the Archaeology Center – Skirball Museum on its campus, and Co-Director (with Dr. David Ilan) of the Tel Dan Excavations of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem.
“Dr. Nili Fox brings scholarly excellence and pedagogical skill to her teaching in her areas of specialization: the study of Israelite history and culture in the context of the ancient Near East, with a special focus on religion, literacy and state-organization,” said Rabbi David Ellenson. “She has enriched our institution’s excavations at Tel Dan in Israel by expanding research opportunities for our graduate and rabbinical students , while creating a successful center for archaeological inquiry at our Cincinnati campus that welcomes students of all ages from throughout the greater Ohio-Kentucky area. We look forward to her extensive talents and creativity in advancing and consolidating the mission of the School of Graduate Studies in Cincinnati and across all our sites.”
Dr. Fox has supervised several completed Ph.D. dissertations and several more currently in progress, as well as a number of rabbinical theses, providing vital guidance through her expertise in Archaeology; Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern History and Culture; and Israelite and Near Eastern Religions and Law. .
She received her Ph.D. in Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, with distinction, from the University of Pennsylvania, preceded by M.A. degrees in Judaic Studies and Jewish Education from Gratz College, and a B.A. in Anthropology, cum laude, from Queens College of the City University of New York. She has been a visiting faculty member at Gratz College, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Fox is the author of In the Service of the King: Officialdom in Ancient Israel and Judah (Cincinnati: HUC Press, 2000) and Co-editor (with D. Glatt-Gilad and M. Williams) of Mishneh Todah: Studies in Deuteronomy and Its Cultural Environment in Honor of Jeffrey H. Tigay (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2009). She has contributed important articles to journals, including the Hebrew Union College Annual and Annual of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology, as well as chapters in books, including The Jewish Study Bible, Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books, Text, Artifact, and Image: Revealing Ancient Israelite Religion, The Torah: A Women’s Commentary, Tablet and Torah: Mesopotamia and the Biblical World: Conference Proceedings in Honor of Barry Eichler. She has presented papers at major international conferences, including the Society of Biblical Literature, American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), and at universities throughout North America. Dr. Fox is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Schools of Oriental Research (representing HUC-JIR) and the Editorial Board of HUC Press.