Samuel Hayim Brody

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Religious Studies
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
785-864-1412
Smith Hall
Room 105
University of Kansas
1300 Oread Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045


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.

Education

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/Christian Relations, From Antiquity to the Present
  • Methods and Approaches to the Study of Religion
  • Secularism and Secularization Theory

Research

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

Upcoming Program Events
Dr. Perelmutter to be first Director of Undergraduate Studies!

Dr. Renee Perelmutter will be the first Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Jewish Studies Program! Dr. Perelmutter is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Slavic. She will begin her position as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Fall 2017 semester.

Kudos!

Dr. Gal Levy, former Visiting Israeli Professor at KU, has won first prize for best article in Hebrew from the Israeli Political Science Association. The article looks at the post-protest protest in Israel and Dr. Levy gives acknowledgments to the KU Jewish Studies Program. Dr. Levy currently teaches at the Open University in Israel.

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