Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich is a Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She is the Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies and the 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 AJL Judaica Reference Honor Award.
Her articles have been published in journals which include the Harvard Theological Review and the Journal for the Study of Judaism, and on online forums such as The Times of Israel and The Ancient Near East Today. She is currently working on a book regarding Judea-diaspora relations in antiquity, and is involved in numerous interreligious dialogue projects which help to increase understanding and friendship between Christians and Jews.