Hava Tirosh-Samuelson

Professor, Department of History, Arizona State University

Professor Hava Tirosh-Samuelson currently is Professor of History and Associate Chair of the Department of History at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. She has been appointed as Director of Jewish Studies, and Irving and Miriam Lowe Chair in Modern Judaism at ASU, effective August 16, 2008.

She was born in Kibbutz Afikim, Israel (1950) and served in the Israeli army (1968-1971). She holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1978), and a BA in Religious Studies from SUNY in Stony Brook, New York (1974). Prior to joining the faculty of Arizona State University, she taught at Indiana University (1991-1999), Emory University in Atlanta (1988-1991), Columbia University in New York (1982-1988), and Hebrew Union College in New York (1980-1982). In these institutions she has taught courses in Jewish history, Jewish philosophy and mysticism, and Western religions for graduate and undergraduate students.

Professor Tirosh-Samuelson’s research focuses on medieval and early-modern Jewish intellectual history, with an emphasis on the interplay between philosophy and mysticism. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters in academic journals and edited volumes, she is the author of Between Worlds: The Life and Work of Rabbi David ben Judah Messer Leon (SUNY Press, 1991) that received the award of the Hebrew University for the best work in Jewish history for 1991, and the author of Happiness in Premodern Judaism: Virtue, Knowledge and Well-Being in Premodern Judaism (Hebrew Union College Press, 2003). She is also the editor of Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed World (Harvard University Press, 2002), Women and Gender in Jewish Philosophy (Indiana University Press, 2004), and The Legacy of Hans Jonas: Judaism and the Phenomenon of Life (Brill Academic Publishers, 2008). She is the recipient of the generous grant ($ 500,000) for the Templeton Research Lectures on the Constructive Engagement of Science and Religion (2006-09) for the project, “Facing the Challenges of Transhumanism: Religion, Science, and Technology.” In 2007 she was the honoree of the Distinguished Alumni Award of SUNY-Stony Brook.

In addition to her academic position, Professor Tirosh-Samuelson sits on the editorial board of the Journal of American Academy of Religion and the academic advisory board of Metanexus Institute of Science and Religion and is the co-editor (with Giuseppe Veltri) of Series in Jewish History and Culture for Brill Academic Publishers.

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