The Department of Religion

at Williams College

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Jeffrey Irving Israel

Assistant Professor of Religion

Office: Schapiro Hall Rm 228
Phone: 597-4974
E-mail: Jeffrey.I.Israel@williams.edu

 

On Leave

Academic year 2016-2017

Education
B.A. Oberlin College, 1999
M.A. University Of Chicago, 2003
Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2011

Program Connections
· Jewish Studies

Courses
· REL 104 Religious Conflict and Cooperation
· REL 200 What is Religion?
· REL 203 (JWST 101) Judaism: Before The Law
· REL 209 (JWST 209) Jewish America
· REL 214 (PSCI 271) Religion and the State
· REL 259 (JWST 259, ENGL 259) Ethics of Jewish American Fiction
· REL 330 (JWST 492, PSCI 375) Modern Jewish Political theory
· REL 293 Religion, Play, and Politics

Research Areas
· Jewish American Thought, Culture, and Politics
· Ethics
· Political Philosophy
· Constructions of “Religion” in Contemporary World Politics
· Play Theory

Selected Publications

  • Hard Feelings, Rough Play: Jews and the Search for Political Love in America (book in progress)
  • “Capabilities, Religionizing Effects and Contemporary Jewishness”
    Chapter 9 in Religion as a Category of Governance and Sovereignty
    Edited by Timothy Fitzgerald, Naomi Goldenberg, and Trevor Stack
    (Boston: Brill, 2015), 197-228.
  • “The Rabbi Trickster Revisited,” Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies, Humor and Religion: A Series (April 25, 2013) available online at: http://www.icjs.org/humor-and-religion/rabbi-trickster-revisited
  • “Why Portnoy’s Complaint Matters,” Social Research: An International Quarterly, Vol. 79, No. 1, Spring 2012, pp. 247-270