Laura Suzanne Lieber

Laura Suzanne Lieber

Professor of Religious Studies

External address: 
118B Gray Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90964, Durham, NC 27708-0964
(919) 660-3504

My primary area of research is in the area of synagogue poetry ("piyyut") from Late Antiquity and the Byzantine period. I examine these works from a variety of perspectives, including literary, performative, and comparative (particularly with early Christian hymnography in Syriac and Greek), and also as a genre of early Jewish biblical interpretation. In recent years, I have begun to integrate the study of material culture into my analysis of these literary works, as part of taking a more fully "contextual" approach to literary analysis. My most recent work approaches late ancient hymnography through the lens of theater studies and performance.


  • Ph.D., The University of Chicago 2003
  • M.A., Hebrew Union College 1998
  • B.A., University of Arkansas, Fayetteville 1994

Lieber, L. S. “Review of Mark Washofsky, Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice.” Journal of Religion 82 (2002): 670–71.

Lieber, L. S. “Review of Samuel Balentine, The Torah's Vision of Worship.” Journal of Religion 82 (2002): 269–70.

Lieber, L. S. “Kissing Cousins: The Relationship of the Mekhilta and Targum Pseudo-Jonathan to Parashat Mishpatim.” The Journal of the Aramaic Bible 2 (2000): 89–119.

Lieber, L. S. “Teaching Jewish Berlin (In preparation).” Andererseits: Yearbook of Transatlantic German Studies, n.d.