Karen Bacon, The Mordechai D. Katz and Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean
of Undergraduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Karen Bacon earned her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Stern College for Women and served as valedictorian of her graduating class. She earned her doctorate in microbiology from the University of California at Los Angeles and did post-doctoral research both at UCLA and at Indiana University.
A trend-setter, Dr. Bacon was appointed as the first Stern College alumna to be granted a full-time appointment at Yeshiva College, where she served for two years as Assistant Professor of Biology. Dr. Bacon has been Dean of Stern College for Women since 1977, and in 2015 she was appointed The Mordecai D. Katz and Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean of the Undergraduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In this enlarged role she also serves as the Dean of Yeshiva College and is working to unite the faculty on curricular initiatives, academic policies and research collaborations.
Dr. Bacon has co-authored articles in scientific journals and books including the Journal of Bacteriology and the Journal of Ultrastructure Research. Other work include "A Biochemical Response to a Halakhic Challenge: The Case of the Ethiopian Jews" which appeared in the Torah U-Madda Journal, "Women and Jewish Education" in Tradition Magazine, and "Yeshiva University: A Model for Undergraduate Science Research" published in CUR Quarterly.
Dr. Fredric Sugarman has taught 19th Century American Literature at Franklin and Marshall College, Bar-Ilan University, Lehman College and at Yeshiva College where he just offered a course with Dr. Daniel Beliavsky on Verdi/Shakespeare.
Dr. Sugarman has published a number of articles over the years in both academic journals such as Social Text and American Literature as well as pieces for publications from Yeshiva University. Dr. Sugarman is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Deans Office as well as the oversight of Yeshiva College’s Academic Advising services.
Dr. Shalom E. Holtz earned a bachelor's degree, summa cum laude in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard College and a doctorate in the same field from the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2006, he has taught courses in Bible and ancient Near Eastern studies at Yeshiva University. Prior to his appointment as associate dean for academic affairs at Yeshiva College, Dr. Holtz chaired the Robert M. Beren Department of Jewish Studies and the Yeshiva College Curriculum Committee, and served as director of the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program.
Dr. Holtz's research focuses on biblical law and its relationship to legal materials written in cuneiform. He has published two books on trial procedure in the Neo-Babylonian period (the 6th and 5th centuries BCE), Neo-Babylonian Court Procedure (Brill, 2009) and Neo- Babylonian Trial Records (Society of Biblical Literature, 2014). Based on this work, he has recently completed a monograph-length study of biblical and ancient Near Eastern prayer in relation to ancient courtroom terminology and the adjudicatory process. His articles have appeared in top-tier journals, including Journal of Biblical Literature, Journal of Near Eastern Studies and Vetus Testamentum, as well as in several edited volumes and encyclopedias. He serves as managing editor of The Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Society and is co-chair of the biblical law section of the Society of Biblical Literature's Annual Meeting.
Nicholas Pitsirikos graduated summa cum laude from Brooklyn College, CUNY in 2005 with a degree in Philosophy and concentration in classical languages and cultures. He joined Yeshiva University in 2012 in an administrative capacity at the Dean’s Office of Yeshiva College. Mr. Pitsirikos thrives in an academic environment and enjoys the diverse functions he performs for the college in working closely with students, faculty, and fellow staff members.