Edited: Jonathan Boyarin
Jonathan Boyarin is Mann Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at Cornell University. His books include Jewish Families (Rutgers, 2013), Mornings at the Stanton Street Shul: A Lower East Side Summer (Fordham, 2011), and The Unconverted Self: Jews, Indians, and the Identity of Christian Europe (Chicago, 2009).
Contributions: Svetlana Boym
Svetlana Boyom of blessed memory was the Curt Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature at Harvard University. An essayist, photographer, novelist, and playwright as well as the author of myriad scholarly articles, Dr. Boym was best known to a general readership for The Future of Nostalgia, her widely praised book of 2001 (Basic Books). In that work, which ranges meditatively over philosophy, history, art, literature, and the experience of displaced persons, she explored the web of memory and mythologizing that underpins the human longing for vanished worlds. In her 2010 Another Freedom (the University of Chicago Press), she similarly explores the notion of “freedom.” Her preoccupation with these subjects was rooted partly in her own history as a Jewish émigré from the former Soviet Union.
Contributions: Andrew Bush
Andrew Bush is a professor of Hispanic studies at Vassar College. He earned his PhD in comparative literature from Yale University in 1983. He has published articles on Golden Age Spanish literature, twentieth-century women authors in Spain, and twentieth-century Spanish American literature. He is the author of The Routes of Modernity: Spanish American Poetry from the Early Eighteenth to the Mid-Nineteenth Century, from Bucknell University Press (2002), and Jewish Studies: A Theoretical Introduction published from Rutgers University Press (2011) in the Key Words in Jewish Studies Series, of which he is a co-editor. He was among a faculty group that designed Jewish studies program for the college, and he served as the program’s first director. He has taught courses on Jewish textuality, the Holocaust, the history of German Jewish culture, and seminars on Jewish culture in Europe and the Americas between the two world wars.
Contributions: Sergey Dolgopolski
Sergey Dolgopolski is an associate professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature and of Jewish Thought and is the Gordon and Gretchen Gross Professor of Jewish Thought at the University of Buffalo (SUNY). He holds a joint PhD in Jewish studies from UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union, and a Doctor of Philosophical Sciences from the Russian Academy of Sciences. His general area of interest is in philosophy and literature. He is the author of What Is Talmud? The Art of Disagreement (Fordham University Press, 2009), The Open Past: Subjectivity and Remembering in the Talmud (Fordham University Press, 2012), and Other Others: The Political after the Talmud (Fordham University Press, 2018).
Contributions: Jay Geller
Jay Geller is Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Culture at Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Vanderbilt University Jewish Studies Program. He is the author of On Freud’s Jewish Body: Mitigating Circumcisions and The Other Jewish Question: Identifying the Jew and Making Sense of Modernity, both published by Fordham.
Edited: Shai Ginsburg
Shai Ginsburg is Associate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Jewish Studies at Duke University.
Contributions: Sarah Hammerschlag
Sarah Hammerschlag is director of the MA program and an associate professor of religion and literature, philosophy of religions, and history of Judaism at the University of Chicago Divinity School. She is the author of The Figural Jew: Politics and Identity in Postwar French Thought (University of Chicago Press, 2010) and Broken Tablets: Levinas, Derrida and the Literary Afterlife of Religion (Columbia University Press, 2016). The Figural Jew received an Honorable Mention for the 2012 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award, given by the Association of Jewish Scholars, and was a finalist for the AAR’s Best First Book in the History of Religions in 2011.
Contributions: Hannan Hever
Hannan Hever is the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Professor of Judaic Studies and a professor of comparative literature at Yale University. He earned his PhD at the Hebrew University in 1984. In English he published Producing the Modern Hebrew Canon, Nation Building and Minority Discourse (New York University Press, 2002) Nativism, Zionism, and Beyond: Three Essays on Nativist Hebrew Poetry (Syracuse University, 2014); and Suddenly the Sight of War: Violence and Nationalism in the Hebrew Poetry of the 1940s (Stanford University Press, 2017).
Contributions: Martin Jay
Martin Jay is the Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. He is an intellectual historian whose research has included the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, social theory, cultural criticism, and historiography. His many books include most recently Songs of Experience: Modern American and European Variations on a Universal Theme (2004); The Virtues of Mendacity: On Lying in Politics (2010); Essays from the Edge: Parerga and Paralipomena (2011); and Reason after Its Eclipse: On Late Critical Theory (2016).
Contributions: Martin Land
Martin Land is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Hadassah College and the Open University of Israel.
Contributions: James I. Porter
James I. Porter is Chancellor’s Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Classics at the University of California at Berkeley. He began teaching at the University of Michigan in Classics and Comparative Literature (1986–2007), and then moved to UC Irvine, Classics and Comparative Literature (2007–2015), where he was director of Critical Theory from 2014 to 2015. He has held visiting professorships at Princeton and Bristol University (UK). His most recent book, The Sublime in Antiquity (Cambridge, 2016), was awarded the C. J. Goodwin Award of Merit by the Society for Classical Studies in 2017.
Contributions: Yehouda Shenhav
Yehouda Shenhav (PhD, Stanford University, 1985) is a professor of sociology at Tel-Aviv University. His book on the area of history of management, Manufacturing Rationality: The Engineering Foundations of the Managerial Revolution, was published by Oxford University Press in 1999. His main work in the area of nationalism, ethnicity, and religion was published in The Arab Jews: A Postcolonial Reading of Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Religion (Stanford University Press, 2006). His views on the Israeli- Palestinian conflict appeared in Beyond the Two-State Solution: A Jewish Political Essay (Polity Press, 2012).
Contributions: Elliot R. Wolfson
Elliot R. Wolfson holds the Marsha and Jay Glazer Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies in
the Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara. His recent books include Giving beyond the Gift : Apophasis and Overcoming Theomania (2014), A Dream Interpreted within a Dream: Oneiropoiesis and the Prism of Imagination (2011), and Open Secret: Postmessianic Messianism and the Mystical Revision of Menahem Mendel Schneerson (2009).