PO Box 400126
Department of Religious Studies
Charlottesville, VA 22903-4126
Modern Jewish thought and intellectual history; German-Jewish studies; Zionism and Jewish nationalism; dialogical philosophy; theories of Jewish history and Jewish renaissance; Jewish art and aesthetics; Israeli cinema.
My areas of interest are modern Jewish thought and intellectual history, especially of the 19th and 20th centuries. Much of my research focuses on the modern Jewish experience in Central Europe and its interaction with continental thought and culture. I have a special interest in the intellectual formations of Jewish nationalism and Zionism, in Jewish art and aesthetics, dialogical thought, and theories of secularization and modernity. Recent books include The Martin Buber Reader (2001), Martin Buber: Sprachphilosophische Schriften (2003), David Aronson: Painting and Sculpture (2004), Inventing New Beginnings: On the Idea of Renaissance in Modern Judaism (2009). I am currently completing Dreaming of Michelangelo: Jewish Variations on a Modern Theme.