Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program
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 exhibition 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 numerous awards for her leadership in the Jewish community.