Professor Sandra Bisciglia is a 1994 graduate of Carthage College. She received the very first Carthage Distinguished Adult Learner Award and the Carthage Religion Department’s Emma Johnson Award. She worked in Roman Catholic religious education for nearly 20 years and is interested in Jewish-Christian dialogue. Professor Bisciglia has a dual appointment to the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and was appointed as Carthage’s first Director of Diversity in 2013. She continues to be active in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Carthage.
Prof. Bisciglia is currently researching the native Italian Jews, known as the “Italyanim,” as well as the relationship between Italian Jewish scholars and their secular and Christian counterparts in the early Modern period. She is investigating the history of Jewish communities in the city of Venice and other Adriatic coastal cities from northern to central Italy. The ancient and still extant Jewish ghettos of southern Italy are also of interest.
Her course offerings include Post-Exilic Judaism, Judaism, Jewish Bible, and Women and the Bible. She is in the process of completing a Master of Science and Doctor of Science in Jewish Studies at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. She earned her master’s degree from Sacred Heart School of Theology. She joined the Carthage faculty in 2002.
- M.A. — Sacred Heart School of Theology
- B.A. — Carthage College
- REL 1000 Understandings of Religion
- REL 2010 Jewish Bible/Old Testament
- REL 3010 Post-Exilic Judaism
- REL 3020 Women and the Bible
- REL 3100 Judaism
- REL 2300 Issues in Living and Dying
Alumna of the Year Award 2012 Women’s and Gender Studies - Quality of Life Enhancement Award 2014-15 Susan B. Anthony Women of Influence Award in Arts and Education-2017