Miriam Heller Stern, Ph.D.

Miriam Heller Stern

Miriam Heller Stern

Dean, Graduate Center for Education


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Stanford University, Ph.D. in Education, 2007

Dissertation: “Your Children, Will They Be Yours? Educational Strategies for Jewish Survival: The Central Jewish Institute, 1916-1944,” a historical case study of the opportunities and challenges of balancing progressive and traditional trends in Jewish education.

Stanford University, MA in History, 2002

Brandeis University, BA in History, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women’s Studies (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)


Dr. Stern is the Dean of the Graduate Center for Education. Previously, she served as Director of Curriculum and Research and Coordinator of the Teaching Certificate program for Orthodox teachers. She has been a Lecturer in Education since 2005, teaching on curriculum development, reflective practice, practitioner research and social foundations of education.

An alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Dr. Stern has served in a variety of teacher training, research, educational consulting, mentoring and program development roles for institutions including the Mandel Foundation, BASIS-the Israel Engagement Project of the San Francisco Bay Area Day Schools, the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at Hebrew Union College, Bureaus of Jewish Education and Jewish day schools spanning the denominational spectrum from Reform to Orthodox. She coaches Professional Learning Communities under the auspices of the Graduate Center for Education and is a frequent presenter at professional conferences.

Dr. Stern has taken an active role in the leadership of the academic field of Jewish education. She is member of the Founding Advisory Board of CASJE, the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education. She has previously served as a member the Executive Committee of the Network for Research in Jewish Education, the Program Chair of the Network’s Annual Research Conference in 2009 and a member of Emerging Scholars Award selection committee. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Jewish Education and served as the journal’s Book Review Editor from 2006-2010.






  • “Redefining Jewish Womanhood through Informal Education: Ethel Feineman and Grace Weiner,” in The Women Who Reconstructed American Jewish Education, ed. Carol Ingall (University Press of New England, 2010). 
  • “Method is Education: Making Informal Education Social and Substantive,” Journal of Jewish Education 72:3 (Spring 2007). 
  •  “A Dream Not Quite Come True:” Reassessing the Benderly Era in Jewish Education,” Journal of Jewish Education 70:3 (Fall 2004).
  •  “Ladies, Girls, and Mothers: Defining Jewish Womanhood at the Settlement House,” Journal of Jewish Education, 69:2 (Fall 2003).