Samuel Hayim Brody

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Religious Studies
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Smith Hall
Room 105
University of Kansas
1300 Oread Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045

Samuel Hayim Brody studied Political and Social Thought and Middle-Eastern Studies at the University of Virginia before turning his attention to the study of traditional Jewish sources at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he received his MA. His Ph.D. in the History of Judaism is from the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he focused on the modern German-Jewish intellectual tradition, while also studying philosophical hermeneutics, Christian exegesis, and varying conceptions of the relationship between religion and politics. He has previously taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Cincinnati.


Ph.D., History of Judaism (with distinction), University of Chicago Divinity School

M.A., Interdepartmental Studies, Jewish Theological Seminary

B.A., Political and Social Thought & Middle-Eastern Studies (with high distinction), University of Virginia

Teaching Interests

  • Modern Jewish Thought
  • Modern European Philosophy
  • Hermeneutics/History of Scriptural Interpretation
  • Religion and the Political
  • History of Zionism/State of Israel
  • Introductions to Bible, Rabbinics, Medieval Jewish Thought, Jewish Sexuality
  • Jewish/Christian Relations, From Antiquity to the Present
  • Methods and Approaches to the Study of Religion
  • Secularism and Secularization Theory


Modern Jewish Thought; Modern European Philosophy; Hermeneutics/History of Scriptural Interpretation; Religion and the Political; History of Zionism/State of Israel; Introductions to Bible, Rabbinics, Medieval Jewish Thought, Jewish Sexuality; Jewish/Christian Relations, From Antiquity to the Present; Methods and Approaches to the Study of Religion; Secularism and Secularization Theory

Research Interests

  • Modern Jewish thought
  • History of Zionism and the State of Israel
  • Jewish/Christian relations

Upcoming Program Events

The College Monthly Faculty/Staff Newsletter, Dec. 2017: In Jewish studies, a major symposium came together thanks to the efforts of program assistant Carla Aspenberg. She organized the “Jews in the Midwest” conference featuring four speakers from outside campus, as well as KU. She has also assisted the transition of a new director of undergraduate studies and managed other duties amid staff changes. And following the conference in November, she quickly switched gears to organizing a new, unexpected faculty hire in the department. Director John Younger said that without Carla, “Jewish studies would be dead in the water.”

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