Marc Michael Epstein

Professor of Religion on the Mackie P. Davis and Norman H. Davis Chair and Director of Jewish Studies
Marc Michael Epstein

Marc Michael Epstein has been teaching at Vassar since 1992, and currently serves as Director of Jewish Studies. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, received the PhD at Yale University, and did much of his graduate research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has written on various topics in visual and material culture produced by, for, and about Jews. His most recent book, Skies Of Parchment, Seas of Ink: Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts (Princeton, 2015) was the winner of the National Jewish Book Award. His The Medieval Haggadah: Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination (Yale, 2011) was selected by the London Times Literary Supplement as one of the best books of 2011. He is currently completing a new book, People of the Image: Jews & Art. During the 80s, Epstein was Director of the Hebrew Books and Manuscripts division of Sotheby’s Judaica department, and continues to serve as consultant to various libraries, auction houses, museums and private collectors throughout the world, among them the Herbert C. and Eileen Bernard Museum at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, for which he curated the inaugural exhibition.

BA, Oberlin College; MA, MPhil, PhD, Yale University
At Vassar since 1992


Blodgett Hall
Box 544


ART/JWST/RELI 381 People of the Image: Jews and Visual Art
JWST/RELI 150 Jews, Christians, and Muslims
MEDS/MRST 220 Medieval and Renaissance Culture

In the Media

Marc Michael Epstein, Professor of Religion on the Mackie M. Paschall Davis and Norman H. Davis Chair and Director of Jewish Studies, wrote a two-part article titled “The Once and Future Temple” for Mosaic magazine.