Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich is the Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies and director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She is the author of The Making of Jewish Universalism: From Exile to Alexandria (2016) and  Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism (2018), which received the 2019 Association of Jewish Libraries Judaica Reference Honor Award. Dr. Simkovich's articles have been published in the Harvard Theological Review and the Journal for the Study of Judaism. She is involved in numerous local and international interreligious dialogue projects which help to increase understanding and friendship between Christians and Jews.

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