I teach in both the Department for the Study of Religion and the Centre for Jewish Studies. For the most part, my courses in the former take up topics in the philosophy of religion and the study of antisemitism, and my courses in the latter topics in Jewish philosophy. But the split is more institutional than intrinsic. I always include Jewish studies content in my more general courses and situate the material in my Jewish studies courses within a broad philosophical or theoretical framework.
As a Lecturer, I teach undergraduate courses primarily, though some are open to graduate students. I have also co-led the CJS interdisciplinary graduate seminar several times. I am open to supervise directed-reading courses for graduate students or to serve on a dissertation committee, provided that I have sufficient expertise and interest in the topic. Don't hesitate to contact me if you think that we might share some interests.
If you are a student contemplating whether to enroll in one of my course, here are a few things that you might want to know about me as a teacher. I care a great deal about the material that I teach, but even more about whether my students find some way to engage with the central ideas in any course. It isn't that I want to simplify topics which are inherently complex. On the contrary, I take it that there’s value in experiencing the complexity of a topic since real life is filled with moral, political, existential issues that resist simplification or become distorted once simplified. That sort of pedagogy seems to me to have little value. But, since I also want my students see the value of studying the topics about which I teach, my classes involve connecting theoretical issues to practical interests.
Since I am committed to helping students engage with complex issues, I try to be quite available to anyone in one of my courses. So, if you do take a course with me, please make a point of visiting me in my office. And know that I am just as happy to chat with students who have burning questions that they just want to discuss as to explain the course material to students who can’t see why it might actually matter.
Perhaps now that you've read to the end of the previous paragraph, you've decided that you won’t ever take a course of mine. I understand, and I wish you well in your studies. It is a great advantage to have figured out in advance of the first class whether a particular teacher is a good fit for your interests and style of learning. If, however, you are still making up your mind, please have a look below at some syllabuses for my courses over the past few years or feel free to contact me.
CJS401Y1Y 2014-15: Community and Identity: Jewish Social Philosophy in Theory and in Action
CJS290 H1F 2014: Who’s a Jew? Myth, Theory, and Practice
RLG209 H1F 2014: Justifying Religious Beliefs
RLG344 H1S 2014: Antisemitism
RLG418 H1S 2014: Tolerant Ethics, Intolerant Religions
CJS490 H1F 2013: Authority in the Jewish Tradition
RLG411 H1S 2013: Truth, Religion, and the Public Sphere
RLG384 H1F 2012: Pluralism and Dialogue
PHL408 H1S 2012: The Holocaust in Contemporary Philosophy
PHL322 H1S 2012: Contemporary Continental Philosophy: “Other Minds”
PHL217 H1F 2011: Introduction to Continental Philosophy
CJS290 H1F 2011: Wisdom in Jewish Thought
PHL321 H1S 2011: Heidegger
PHL320 H1F 2010: Phenomenology
PHL410 H1S 2010: Heidegger’s Jewish Readers
CJS200 H1F 2013: Introduction to Jewish Thought
CJS200 H1F 2012: Introduction to Jewish Thought
CJS200 H1F 2011: Introduction to Jewish Thought
CJS400 H1S 2013: Seminar in Jewish Studies
CJS400 H1S 2012: Seminar in Jewish Studies
CJS400 H1S 2011: Seminar in Jewish Studies
CJS400 H1S 2010: Seminar in Jewish Studies
CJS1000/2000 H1Y 2013-14: Methods in Jewish Studies
CJS1000/2000 H1Y 2012-13: Methods in Jewish Studies
CJS1000/2000 H1Y 2011-12: Methods in Jewish Studies
CJS1000/2000 H1Y 2010-11: Methods in Jewish Studies