Samuel Hayim Brody

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Religious Studies
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
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.


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


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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Kudos to our faculty!

Dr. Renee Perelmutter, Associate Professor of Slavic and Jewish Studies, writes fantasy fiction and poetry under the name Rose Lemberg. Her book Marginalia to Stone Bird is the first book of poetry to be shortlisted for a Crawford Award, and is also up for an Elgin Award. Marginalia has been reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly and Strange Horizons. Available at Aqueduct Press and Amazon.

Kudos to our students!

March 16, 2017: JS students Mackenzie Haun, Sarah Herman and Ariel Silverman were elected to join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious national academic academy. Phi Beta Kappa “celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities.”

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