Administration and Staff

Lori Lefkovitz : Director, Humanities Center

Lori Lefkovitz

Director, Humanities Center

Lori Hope Lefkovitz, a professor of English and director of the Jewish Studies Program, holds the Ruderman Chair in Jewish Studies at Northeastern University. Widely published in interdisciplinary fields within literary and Jewish studies, her books include The Character of Beauty in the Victorian Novel; Textual Bodies:  Changing Boundaries of Literary Representation; Shaping Losses:  Cultural Memory and the Holocaust (edited with Julia Epstein), and In Scripture: The First Stories of Jewish Sexual Identities, a finalist for the 2010 National Jewish Book Award in the category of women’s studies. She had been an associate professor at Kenyon College and held the Gottesman Chair at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, from which she was awarded an honorary doctorate, and where she had been the founding director of Kolot, the Center for Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies. A graduate of Brandeis University with a PhD in English from Brown University, Lefkovitz was awarded a Woodrow Wilson dissertation fellowship in the Women’s Studies Division, has been a Fulbright Professor and a Golda Meir fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an associate fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and a post-doctoral fellow at the Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalysis.

Jenny Sartori : Associate Director, Humanities Center

Jenny Sartori

Associate Director, Humanities Center

Jennifer Sartori is the Associate Director of the Northeastern University Humanities Center, Associate Director of the Jewish Studies Program, and co-director, with Dr. Jayne Guberman, of the Adoption and Jewish Identity Project. She received her BA in history from Haverford College and her MA and PhD in history from Emory University. Her academic work has focused on the shaping of modern Jewish identities, from her graduate work on the education of Jewish girls in 19th- and 20th-century France through her current work on adoption and Jewish identity in the United States today. Prior to joining the Humanities Center, she served as academic specialist in the Jewish Studies program, teaching courses on modern Jewish history in Europe and the United States, on gender and Jewish culture, and on race and Jewish identity. Before arriving at Northeastern in 2004, she was director of education at the Jewish Women’s Archive, where she spearheaded JWA’s educational outreach campaigns aimed at strengthening the portrayal of women in Jewish educational settings.

Ignacio Chaparro : Administrative Coordinator

Ignacio Chaparro

Administrative Coordinator

Ignacio Chaparro is the administrative coordinator for the Humanities Center at Northeastern University. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he received a BA in Political Science with a minor in Public Policy. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Public Administration at Northeastern University. His primary responsibilities at the Humanities Center include coordinating event logistics, managing all budgets and communications for the center, and providing administrative support to the Director and Associate Director.

Dave DeCamp : Graduate Assistant/Web Developer

Dave DeCamp

Graduate Assistant/Web Developer

Dave DeCamp is the Graduate Assistant and Web Developer for the Summer Institute. He is a PhD Candidate in World History at Northeastern University. His dissertation explores how imperial themes and subjects were conveyed through exotic animal imagery in visual, written, and popular culture in London during the interwar period. He is also trained in historical geography, completing an exam field in Urban Historical Geography in Summer 2015. He was a Graduate Fellow for Northeastern's NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks from Fall 2013-Spring 2016 and currently works as a Managing Editor for the Digital Humanities Quarterly.