Samuel Hayim Brody

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Religious Studies
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Primary office:
Smith Hall
Room 105


Samuel Hayim Brody studied Political and Social Thought and Middle-Eastern Studies at the University of Virginia before turning his attention to the study of traditional Jewish sources at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he received his MA. His Ph.D. in the History of Judaism is from the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he focused on the modern German-Jewish intellectual tradition, while also studying philosophical hermeneutics, Christian exegesis, and varying conceptions of the relationship between religion and politics. He has previously taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Cincinnati.


Ph.D., History of Judaism (with distinction), University of Chicago Divinity School

M.A., Interdepartmental Studies, Jewish Theological Seminary

B.A., Political and Social Thought & Middle-Eastern Studies (with high distinction), University of Virginia

Teaching Interests

  • Modern Jewish Thought
  • Modern European Philosophy
  • Hermeneutics/History of Scriptural Interpretation
  • Religion and the Political
  • History of Zionism/State of Israel
  • Introductions to Bible
  • Rabbinics
  • Medieval Jewish Thought
  • Jewish Sexuality
  • Jewish/Chr


Modern Jewish Thought; Modern European Philosophy; Hermeneutics/History of Scriptural Interpretation; Religion and the Political; History of Zionism/State of Israel; Introductions to Bible, Rabbinics, Medieval Jewish Thought, Jewish Sexuality; Jewish/Christian Relations, From Antiquity to the Present; Methods and Approaches to the Study of Religion; Secularism and Secularization Theory

Research Interests

  • Modern Jewish thought
  • History of Zionism and the State of Israel
  • Jewish/Christian relations

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