Ranen Omer-Sherman

Professor of Comparative Humanities and the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies


Ranen Omer-Sherman is the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies. In addition to dozens of journal articles, interviews and reviews, he is the author or editor of five books including Diaspora and Zionism in Jewish American Literature (2002), Israel in Exile: Jewish Writing and the Desert (2006), The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches (2008), Narratives of Dissent: War in Contemporary Israeli Arts and Culture (2013), and Imagining Kibbutz: Visions of Utopia in Literature and Film (2015). He earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Notre Dame. After two years as assistant professor at Saint Louis University in Madrid, Spain, he subsequently taught at the University of Miami for thirteen years where he was promoted to full professor of English in 2009. He joined the faculty of UofL in 2014. In addition, he serves as co-Editor of Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies which produces original, peer-reviewed scholarly articles, issues on special topics, book forums, review essays, and the occasional forum on Contemporary Critical Jewish Studies. 

His current teaching and research covers a broad range of topics, including diasporic/exilic identities in literature, orientalism, the literature of “passing,” and graphic novels. In addition, his work examines ethnic American literature; British romanticism; Holocaust narrative; Israeli and Palestinian literature, and representations of utopia/dystopia.