Staff and Scholars


Executive Director

Dr. Heather Miller Rubens

Dr. Heather Miller Rubens assumed the role of ICJS Executive Director in July 2016. She is also the Roman Catholic Scholar at the ICJS. Dr. Rubens holds degrees from Georgetown University (B.A.), the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (G.Dip.), and the University of Chicago (A.M. and Ph.D.). In her research she explores how religious minority communities navigate their political, legal, and cultural space in light of the experience of other minority communities. Click here to see Dr. Miller Rubens’ full bio and articles.


 

Scholar Staff

Protestant Scholar

Dr. Christopher M. Leighton is an ordained Presbyterian minister. He served as the Executive Director of the ICJS in Baltimore, Maryland, from its inception in 1987 through June 2016. Click here to see Dr. Leighton’s full bio and articles.

  

 

Associate Scholar

Dr. Rosann M. Catalano has been with the ICJS since 1994 where she has served as its Roman Catholic Scholar and Associate Director. She currently serves as a staff scholar. Click here to see Dr. Catalano’s full bio and articles.



 

Scholar of Judaism

Dr. Sax was director of the Malcolm and Diane Rosenberg Program in Judaic Studies and the founding faculty principal at the West Ambler Johnston Residential College at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. After completing a Master’s degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Jewish Thought, he earned a doctorate in the history of Judaism at the University of Chicago. Ben’s work investigates the complex relationship between philosophical hermeneutics and modern theology.  Click here to see Dr. Sax’s full bio and articles. 

 

Scholar of Islam

Dr. Homayra Ziad  is the Muslim Scholar at ICJS. Dr. Ziad was formerly Assistant Professor of Religion at Trinity College in Hartford. After receiving her first degree from Bryn Mawr, she earned a doctorate in Islamic Studies from Yale University. Homayra is deeply involved in interreligious education and training, as well as local, national and international interfaith initiatives and educational outreach on Islam. She is recently co-founder and co-chair of the American Academy of Religion’s Interreligious and Interfaith Studies Group, and co-founder/co-editor for the Palgrave series Interreligious Studies in Theory and Practice. Homayra’s research is in Indo-Persianate Islamic traditions, and she situates pre-colonial and early colonial India squarely within the Islamicate world. Click here to see Dr. Ziad’s full bio and articles.


Admin Staff

Business Manager

Bobby Waddail is the Business Manager at the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies. Bobby was Baptist Campus Minister at Towson University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for almost thirty years before retiring in June, 2007. He holds a M. Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a B.S. in Business Administration, majoring in accounting, from the University of Kansas. Bobby is married to Christy, a Baltimore County ESOL teacher, and they have three sons. Bobby has participated in many ICJS programs and events over the years.

 

Director of Development

Ilana R. Glazer is the ICJS Director of Development. She joined in 2016 bringing her years of experience from working at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

 

 

 

Associate Director of Development

Jayce Price is the development assistant at the ICJS. She recently graduated from Towson University with a  concentration in communications and  and business administration. After completing 6 intern rotations with GE Aviation at Middle River Aircraft Systems, she is eager to expand her experience and knowledge at the ICJS.    

 

 

Grants Manager

Anna W. Brown is the Grants Manager at the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies. She graduated from St. John’s College with a bachelor of liberal arts in 2008. She joined the ICJS in 2012.

 

 

Executive Assistant

Annie P. Brackemyre is the Executive Assistant at the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies. She graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University (IU) in 2016 with majors in religious studies, journalism, and political science, and a minor in Islamic studies. While at IU, Brackemyre spent eight months reporting from inside Indiana voucher schools to complete an honors thesis in religious studies titled, "What is religious about Indiana's religious voucher schools?" In 2015, Brackemyre studied Middle Eastern politics at the London School of Economics and traveled to Beijing to blog for the U.S. embassy in China. Before coming to the ICJS, Brackemyre spent two months in Uganda reporting on the relationship between HIV and intimate partner violence at the country's largest independent newspaper, the Daily Monitor.