Faculty Bio

Marc Epstein

Professor of Religion on the Mackie Paschall Davis & Norman H. Davis Chair

Marc  Michael Epstein has been teaching at Vassar since 1992. 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, 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. 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.