Director, Jewish Studies Program, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Research Interests and Selected Publications
Dr. Hava Tirosh-Samuelson writes on Jewish intellectual history with a focus on philosophy and mysticism in premodern Judaism, feminism and Jewish philosophy, Judaism and ecology, Jewish bioethics and Judaism and science. Dr. Tirosh-Samuleson is the organizer of the Templeton Research Lectures for Constructive Relations of Religion and Science (500,000) 2006-09 for the project: "Facing the Challenges of Transhumanism: Religion, Science and Technology." She is currently editing Judaism and the Phenomenon of Life: the Legacy of Hans Jonas (Brill Academic Publishers) and working on Judaism and Nature (Rowman & Littlefield)
Her publications include:
- Between Worlds: The Life and Thought of Rabbi David ben Judah Messer Leon (Albany SUNY Press, 1991)
- Editor, Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed Word (Cambridge, mass.: Harvard University Press, 2002)
- Happiness in Premodern Judaism: Virtue, Knowledge and Well-Being (Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 20030
- Editor, Women and Gender in Jewish philosophy (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004)
- "Continuity and Revision in the Study of Kabbalah," AJS Review 18 (1991): 161-192.
- "Jewish Philosophy on the Eve of Modernity," in History of Jewish Philosophy, ed. Daniel H. Frank and Oliver Leaman (London and new York: Routledge, 1997), 499-573.
- "Theology of Nature in Sixteenth-Century Italian Jewish Philosophy," Science in Context 10 (no. 4) (1997): 529-70.
- "Philosophy and Kabbalah: 1200-1600," Cambridge Companion of Medieval Jewish Philosophy, ed. Daniel H. Frank and Oliver Leaman (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 218-57.
- "The Bible in the Jewish Philosophical Tradition," The Jewish Study Bible, ed. Marc Brettler and Adele Berlin (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003), 1948-75.
- "Rethinking the Past and Anticipating the Future of Science and Religion," Zygon; Journal of Religion and Science 40 (1) (2005): 33-42.
- "Religion, Ecology, and gender: A Jewish Perspective," Feminist Theology 13 (3) (2005): 373-397.
- "Judaism," The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology, ed. Roger S. Gottlieb (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), 26-74
Teaching Interests and Courses
Prior to joining the Arizona State University faculty, Dr. Tirosh-Samuelson taught at Columbia University, Emory University and Indiana University. At Arizona State University since 1999, she has been teaching undergraduate courses in Jewish history: "Jewish history from the Bible to 1492;" "Jewish History from 1492-1948;" "History of Jewish Mysticism;" "Jews in the Middle Ages;" "History of Antisemitism" and "Judaism and Ecology." In the graduate program, Dr. Tirosh-Samuelson has been teaching the historiography course "History: Theory, Methods, and Practice," and the required core courses in European history: "Premodern Europe" and "European Diversity."
Professional Service Activities
Dr. Tirosh-Samuelson referees manuscripts for Renaissance Quarterly; American Historical Review; Journal of the History of Ideas; Medieval Encounters; AJS Review; Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy; Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism; Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science; Frontiers: Journal of Women Studies; Indiana University Press and Hebrew Union College Press. She reviews grant applications for Memorial Foundation of Jewish Culture, National Foundation of Jewish Culture, Israel Science Foundation and National Endowment of the Humanities and she serves on the editorial board of Journal of the American Academy of Religion.