Medieval and early modern Jewish history
Office: Harris Hall #314
David Shyovitz (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2011) studies the intellectual and cultural history of the Jews of medieval and early modern Europe. His particular interests include German Pietism (Hasidut Ashkenaz), the history of "nature" and "the body," the history of law, and Jewish-Christian relations. His current book project examines medieval Jewish understandings of the natural world, and explores the ways in which Jewish and Christian thinkers distinguished "nature" from "the supernatural." He has also begun work on a second project, a study of medieval Jewish eschatology. From 2008-2010, he was a fellow at the Center for Jewish Law at the Cardozo School of Law in New York. He has also held fellowships from the Wexner Foundation, the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, and the ATID Foundation in Jerusalem. At Northwestern, David teaches courses on Medieval Jewish History, Jewish-Christian Relations, Jewish Messianism, the Blood Libel, and Nature and the Supernatural in Medieval Thought.