David Shyovitz Assistant Professor
David Shyovitz (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2011), is an Assistant Professor in Northwestern's History Dept., with a joint appointment at the Crown Center for Jewish and Israel Studies. His research focuses on medieval European intellectual and cultural history, with a particular emphasis on Jewish history and Jewish-Christian relations. His first book, A Remembrance of His Wonders: Nature and the Supernatural in Medieval Ashkenaz, is forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press. His current project, "Oh Beastly Jew!" Jews, Animals, and Jewish Animals in the Middle Ages, explores the overlapping ways in which Jewish and Christian authors and artists distinguished humans from animals, and Jews from Christians, over the course of the Middle Ages.
- A Remembrance of His Wonders: Nature and the Supernatural in Medieval Ashkenaz (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017).
- "You Have Saved Me from the Judgment of Gehenna’: The Origins of the Mourner’s Kaddish in Medieval Ashkenaz,” AJS Review 39 (2015): 49-73.
- “Beauty and the Bestiary: Animals, Wonder, and Polemic in Medieval Ashkenaz,” in The Jewish-Christian Encounter in Medieval Preaching, ed. Jonathan Adams and Jussi Hanska (London: Routledge, 2015), 215-39.
- “Christians and Jews in the Twelfth Century Werewolf Renaissance,” Journal of the History of Ideas 75 (2014): 521-43.
Recent Course Offerings:
- HIST 101: The Crusades.
- HIST 201-1: European Civilization I (1000-1750).
- HIST 203-1: Jewish History, 750-1492.
- HIST 300: Jewish Messianic Movements.
- HIST 347: Christians and Jews.
- HIST 393: The Blood Libel.
- HIST 392-95: Nature and the Supernatural in the Middle Ages.
- HIST 392-95: Jewish Law.
- HIST 492: Jews in Medieval Europe (Graduate Seminar).
Recent Awards and Honors
- Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize, awarded by the Medieval Academy of America to “Christians and Jews in the Twelfth Century Werewolf Renaissance” (2016).
- Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, International Fellowship in Jewish Studies and Jewish Culture (2015-16).
- Yad Hanadiv/Beracha Foundation Fellowship, Jerusalem, Israel (2014-15).