Marc Saperstein served as principal of the Leo Baeck College for a five-year term beginning on July 1, 2006. He is now Professor of Jewish History and Homiletics. Previously he held prestigious positions at three American Universities: as Charles E. Smith Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Program in Judaic Studies at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. (1997-2006), Gloria M. Goldstein Professor of Jewish History and Thought at Washington University in St. Louis (1986-1997), and Lecturer, Assistant and Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard Divinity School (1977-1986). Author of seven books and more than 100 articles and review-essays on various aspects of Jewish history, literature, and thought, he is widely recognised as perhaps the pre-eminent authority on the history of Jewish preaching. Before leaving the United States, he was Vice President of the American Academy for Jewish Research.
His forth-coming book, Agony in the Pulpit: Jewish Preaching in Response to Nazi Persecution and Mass Murder, 1933-1945, is due to be published by Hebrew Union College Press – University of Pittsburgh Press in June, 2018.
Marc Saperstein teaches Worlds of Medieval Judaism at the College.