Dean's Office at List College

Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz is the Irving Lehrman Research Associate Professor of American Jewish History and Walter and Sarah Schlesinger Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Since 1993, under her leadership, enrollment at List College has more than doubled.

Dr. Schwartz’s most recent book, The Rabbi's Wife: The Rebbetzin in American Jewish Life, won the 2006 National Jewish Book Award in the area of modern Jewish thought.

Dr. Schwartz lectures widely on American Jewish life, the Jewish family, and Jewish women's studies. Sample lecture topics include:

  • "Goodbye, Columbus, Hello Christopher: The Evolution of American Jewry"
  • "Beyond Fiddler: How Jews Became Part of Mainstream America"
  • "Baskin-Robbins Has 31 Flavors—How About American Judaism?"

A third-generation JTS graduate, Dr. Schwartz received her BA from Barnard College and her MA and PhD from JTS. Read a more detailed bio on Dr. Schwartz.

Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz
(212) 678-8826

Shira KohnDr. Shira Kohn is associate dean of graduate and undergraduate studies at JTS, and enjoys working with students in both The Graduate School and List College. Dean Kohn received her doctorate from New York University's Joint PhD Program in Hebrew and Judaic Studies / History, and wrote her dissertation on Jewish college sororities and their encounters with postwar political and social movements. She is coeditor (with Hasia Diner and Rachel Kranson) of A Jewish Feminine Mystique? Jewish Women in Postwar America (Rutgers University Press, 2010), which was a finalist for the 2010 National Jewish Book Award's Barbara Dobkin Award in Women's Studies. At JTS, Dean Kohn teaches courses in Modern Jewish History, including Gender and Modern Jewish History, Jews and the City, and American Jewish History. She also serves as MA advisor to students in the Jewish Studies and Modern Jewish Studies programs.

A native of Chicago, Dean Kohn earned a bachelor's degree in Jewish Studies from Ohio State University, and remains an enthusiastic fan of Buckeyes football and Graeter's ice cream. 

Dr. Shira Kohn
(212) 678-8024

Aliyah VinikoorAliyah Vinikoor is associate dean of List College, where she directs the JustCity Leadership Institute and the Fellowship in Jewish Social Entrepreneurship. As an academic advisor for List College students, Dean Vinikoor is always happy to help with everything from choosing classes, planning ahead for study abroad and Commencement, answering questions about List College academics, and much more. List College students benefit daily from her dedication, empathy, and expertise on curricular, administrative, and interpersonal issues.

In addition to her role at List College, Dean Vinikoor serves as director of The Graduate School's Jewish Professional Leadership Program, a dual-degree program in which students earn an MA in Jewish Studies at JTS and an MSW or MPA from Columbia University. Dean Vinikoor earned a bachelor's degree in History from Barnard College, and worked in book publishing for seven years before receiving a master's degree in social work from Hunter College. She joined JTS after having directed several youth development programs in the South Bronx and Brooklyn. Originally from Seattle, Washington, she is pleased to bring her extensive experience in and passion for Jewish leadership, education, and engagement in social justice to JTS.  

Aliyah Vinikoor 
(212) 678-8826

Brian Smollett

Dr. Brian Smollett is assistant dean of List College and assistant professor of Jewish Thought. He is coeditor of Reappraisals and New Studies of the Modern Jewish Experience: Essays in Honor of Robert M. Seltzer (Brill, 2014), and has taught history and Jewish studies at Binghamton University, Queens College, and Hunter College, where he helped to direct and expand the Jewish Studies program. Dean Smollett received his PhD in Jewish and European History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, specializing in modern Jewish thought and the history of nationalism; an MA with distinction in Jewish Studies from JTS; and an MA in Modern History and BA in Judaic Studies and Philosophy from Binghamton University. He is pleased to return to JTS and to support List College students in discovering and achieving their goals. 

Dr. Brian Smollett
(212) 678-8826

The List College Board
In 1995, List College established a Board of Overseers to provide support for the college. Under the leadership of founding chairperson Rabbi Harold Kushner, a noted author, the board raised awareness of List College in the broader community, spearheaded the Career Development initiative, and assisted with mentoring and recruitment.

Our current board chairperson, Rachelle Kaiserman, has established a Board Scholarship Fund and works with board members to enhance the mentoring program for graduating seniors and recent graduates.

In 1996, the College and Board of Overseers launched the Links to Leadership program. Through leadership workshops, mentoring opportunities, and an annual retreat, Links to Leadership trains List College students to assume roles as the next generation of lay leaders in the Jewish community.