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Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program

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Visual and Material Culture; Museum Studies; Jewish Women's History; American Jewish History; Boston and Boston Jewish History; Professional Leadership Training.


  • HRNS 350a - Foster Seminar in Israel on Contemporary Jewish Life
  • HRNS 380a - Proseminar: Issues, Structure, and Perspectives of the American Jewish Community
  • HRNS 399a - Capstone
  • HRNS/HS 232a - Team Consulting Project Workshop
  • NEJS 133a - Art, Artifacts, and History: The Material Culture of Modern Jews
  • NEJS 165b - Changing Roles of Women in American Jewish Societies
  • NEJS 184a - Cultural and Historical Jewish Museum Studies
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Ellen Smith is Associate Professor and Director of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University; and an Affiliate Faculty Member in Brandeis's Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Ellen is also principal of Museumsmith, a firm specializing in museum exhibitions and historic site interpretations throughout the nation.

Trained as both an academic historian and a museum curator, Ellen has published more than three dozen books, articles, and catalogues including The Jews of Boston, co-edited with Jonathan D. Sarna. At Brandeis she teaches courses in leadership, American Jewish history, visual and material culture, museum studies, and team consulting; and co-directs on-line and on-site training programs for Jewish professionals and organizations. A popular speaker locally and throughout the country, Ellen sits on numerous academic and non-profit boards and has won numberous awards for her leadership in the Jewish community.



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