Dan Leshem, Ph.D. has devoted his career to bringing communities together around the exploration of the lessons and legacies of Jewish history, culture, religion, and ethics. He believes that every college student can benefit from engagement, support, and learning with other Jews in a supportive and dynamic environment. He is committed to providing a Jewish home away from home to all 4,000 FSU Jews – undergrads and graduate students, staff and faculty – and making Hillel @ FSU a hub of Jewish activity in Tallahassee.
Dr. Dan is the former Executive Director of the Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College – CUNY in Queens, NY. Prior to this, Dr. Leshem served as Associate Director for Research of the Shoah Foundation and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. From 2006-2010, Dr. Leshem was Resource Manager for the Holocaust Denial on Trial website (HDOT.org) at Emory University in Atlanta. HDOT was created in 2004 to archive the materials from Dr. Deborah Lipstadt’s Holocaust denial libel suit in England, which was recently dramatized in the film Denial.
Dr. Dan was born and raised in Los Angeles, where his parents settled after they immigrated from Israel in the 1960s. He earned a B.A. in English and creative writing at UC Santa Cruz. He earned a Master’s of Arts in English at SUNY Buffalo, and then completed his PhD in Jewish Studies and Comparative Literature at Emory University in Atlanta. Dr. Dan recently moved to Tallahassee with his wife, who is originally from the area, and their two young children. Like their mom, his kids are attending Temple Israel Preschool and FSUS K-12 school. He is excited to settle into the Tallahassee community, which is at once familiar and completely new.