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Miryam Segal

Miryam Segal

Associate Professor in Hebrew
Director, Religious Studies Program

Queens Hall, Room 215
Phone: 718-997-5570

Winner of 2012 CUNY Academy for Humanities and Sciences Feliks Gross Endowment Award
AB, Harvard University
PhD, University of California, Berkeley


At Queens College, Professor Segal teaches new courses in Bible and rabbinic literature in addition to Modern Hebrew language and literature, a comparative course on religious narratives, and courses for the Department of Comparative Literature, including an advanced seminar on "Gender and Lyric Poetry."​


Professor Segal's research interests include language politics, prosody and poetic language, Zionism and modern Hebrew literary history; modern uses of tradition; Yiddish and Russian influences on Hebrew literature.

A developing area of interest is the transition between late biblical and early rabbinic law.


A New Sound in Hebrew Poetry, Professor Segal's book on the transition in poetry and spoken Hebrew from Ashkenazic pronunciations to new accent Hebrew, was published in 2010. She also co-edited a volume of essays on the embarrassment of Scripture, Vixens Disturbing Vineyards, that came out the same year.

Her current book-length project is on gender and authorship.


 Office Information

Yunzhong Shu
Department Chair
Location: Queens Hall, Room 215
Phone: 718-997-5570
Fax: 718-997-5577

Faculty and Staff Information 


Language Placement

Upcoming Language Placement Exams

Fall 2019

Arabic: Please ​contact Professor Kirsten Beck, the Arabic language coordinator, ​at to schedule a placement exam. Upcoming in-person exam dates:

  • June 12, 2:30 - 3:30 pm (QH 265E)
  • August 15, 4 - 5pm (QH 265E)
  • August 27, 3:15 - 4 pm (QH 265E)

Chinese: Please contact Professor Xiao Li, the Chinese language coordinator, at

Ancient Greek: Please contact Professor Raymond Capra, the Ancient Greek language coordinator, at

Hebrew: Please contact Professor Oded Nir, the Hebrew language coordinator, at

Japanese: Please contact Professor Mari Fujimoto, the Japanese language coordinator, at

Korean: Please contact Professor Seongyeon Ko, the Korean language coordinator, at with any questions.

Latin: Please contact Professor Raymond Capra, the Latin language coordinator, at

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