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Dr. Norma and Donald Stone Fellow

Rabbi Iah Pillsbury


Rabbi Iah Pillsbury

Rabbi Iah Pillsbury is an educator, artist, and activist. She teaches and guides groups of all ages, produces ketubot and other ritual text and artifacts, officiates in all life-cycle ceremonies, and engages in community building and organizing. The focus of Rabbi Pillsbury’s interest and expertise is the intersection of gender, violence, and rabbinic literature. Recently, she has been researching rabbinic writings on the story of Esther and developing teaching and outreach tools to explore identity and community building while addressing challenging texts and ideas. Rabbi Pillsbury is a graduate of the University of Chicago and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2017.


Dr. Michael Loadenthal

Michael Loadenthal, Ph.D., serves as the Dr. Norma and Donald Stone Fellow for the Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems since 2014, as well as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Justice at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), and the Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. Dr. Loadenthal holds a Ph.D. from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, a Master of Letters in Terrorism Studies from the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at St Andrews University (Fife, Scotland), and a dual bachelor’s degree from American University (Washington, DC).
Dr. Loadenthal has taught courses focused around terrorism, political violence, social movements and sociology at Georgetown University, George Mason University, the University of Cincinnati, the JCI Scholars Program at Jessup Correctional Institution, and the University of Malta’s Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies. He has served as a Dean Fellow for the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, a Practitioner-In-Residence for the Center for Social Justice, Research, Teaching and Service at Georgetown University, and is currently the Human Security and Ethics consultant for Green My Favela, a Brazilian-based NGO.
Dr. Loadenthal has traveled extensively and organized with social movements on four continents. He currently serves on the editorial board of numerous peer-reviewed journals dealing with political violence and social theory and is a frequent public speaker and contributor to a variety of publications. His recent journal publications include "Interpreting Insurrectionary Corpora: Qualitative-Quantitative Analysis of Clandestine Communiqués" (Journal for the Study of Radicalism), "Activism, Terrorism and Social Movements: The 'Green Scare' as Monarchical Power" (Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change), and "Like Finding a Needle in a Pile of Needles: Political violence and the perils of a brave new digital world" (Critical Studies on Terrorism). Dr. Loadenthal is currently finalizing a manuscript (to be published in 2017) by the Manchester University Press series on Contemporary Anarchist Studies and he routinely publishes his work online, for free at https://gmu.academia.edu/MichaelLoadenthal.



Rabbi Barry Kogan, Ph.D.</p>


Rabbi Barry Kogan, Ph.D.

Dr. Kogan is the Clarence and Robert Efroymson Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Religious thought at HUC-JIR, Cincinnati. He earned his doctorate from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto after pursuing independent studies in Medieval Jewish Philosophy at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His areas of interest are Medieval Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Modern Jewish Thought, Biblical Commentaries, Ethics, and the works of Judah Halevi.

Professor Kogan served as the founding Director of the Starkoff Institute of Ethics and Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems between 1986 and 1996.


Rabbi Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D.

2001 - Present

Rabbi Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D.

Dr. Jonathan Cohen, is the Dean of HUC-JIR, Cincinnati and Associate Professor in Talmud and Halakhic Literature. He read law at the University of Kent, Canterbury, and earned his Ph.D. (Law) from the University of Liverpool. His research focused on the evolution of restitution as a civil remedy in medieval Jewish law. Dr. Cohen's interests include history of law, ethics, law and religion, and, in particular, the evolution of Jewish law in Christian Europe.

Dr. Cohen was appointed Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems in 2001.