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Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations


Deborah Margolis

Faculty Associate

Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations
Ph.D., Boston College

Professor Deborah Margolis is a faculty associate in the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, as well as a professor of education at Merrimack. Professor Margolis received a B.A. from Barnard College and an Ed.M in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 1998, Margolis was awarded a Ph.D. in Developmental and Educational Psychology from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.

Professor Margolis serves on the Board of trustees of Bellesini Academy and chairs its education subcommittee. Additionally, she serves as consulting psychologist for Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury. Previously she served as director of the Solomon Schechter Day School of the Merrimack Valley, and was an adjunct professor at Wheelock College and Lesley University. Her research has been published in numerous books and scholarly journals.

Professor Margolis was named the first Catherine McCarthy Memorial Scholar in Jewish-Christian Relations for her research on the experience of non-Christian children at Christmas time. This fellowship, administered by the Center, supports Professor Margolis’ research, which also focuses on whether non-Christian children feel marginalized or excluded at this time of year and whether this produces stress or discomfort. Professor Margolis presented a preliminary report on her research on March 17, 2005CE entitled, “Santa Doesn’t Come to My House: Challenging the Assumption that Everybody Celebrates Christmas.”