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Hava Samuelson

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Biography

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.

Publications
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Utopianism and Eschatology: Judaism Engages Transhumanism". Religion and Transhumanism: The Unknown Future of Human Enhancement (2015).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes. Lenn E. Goodman: Judaism, Humanity, and Nature. (2014).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes (eds.). David R. Blumenthal: Living with God and Humanity. (2014).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes (eds.). Elliot N. Dorff: In Search of the Good Life. (2014).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes (eds.). Eugene R. Borowitz: Rethinking God and Ethics. (2014).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes (eds.). Jewish Philosophy for the Twenty-First Century: Personal Reflections. (2014).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes (eds.). Judith Plaskow: Feminism, Theology, and Justice. (2014).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes (eds.). Moshe Idel: Representing God. (2014).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "David R. Blumenthal: An Intellectual Portrait". David R. Blumenthal: Living with God and Humanity (2014).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Introduction: Jewish Philosophy for the Twenty-First Century". Jewish Philosophy for the Twenty-First Century: Personal Reflections (2014).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Judith Plaskow: An Intellectual Portrait". Judith Plaskow: Feminism, Theology, and Justice (2014).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Religion". Post-and Transhumanism: An Introduction (2014).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. The Preciousness of Being Human: Jewish Philosophy and the Challenge of Technology. Jewish Philosophy for the Twenty-First Century: Personal Reflections (2014).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes (eds.). Jonathan Sacks: Universalizing Particularity. (2013).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes (eds.). David Novak: Natural Law and Revealed Torah. (2013).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes (eds.). Eliezer Schweid: The Responsibility of Jewish Philosophy. (2013).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samueslon and Aaron W. Hughes. Eugene B. Borowitz: Rethinking God and Ethics. (2013).
  • . . Review of: Contemplative Nation: A Philosophical Account of Jewish Theological Language (2013).
  • . . Review of: The Scandal of Kabbalah: Leon Modena, Jewish Mysticism, and Early Modern Venice (2013).
  • . . Review of: Wisdom's Little Sister: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Jewish Political Thought (2013).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Religion". Post- and Transhumanism: An Introduction (2013).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Transhumanism as a Secularist Faith. Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science (2012).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Ken Mossman (eds.). Building Better Humans? Refocusing the Debate on Transhumanism. (2012).
  • . . Review of: Encounters of Consequence: Jewish Philosophy in the Twentieth Century and Beyond (2012).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Jewish Environmentalism: Bridging Scholarship, Faith, and Activism". Jewish Thought, Jewish Faith (2012).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Kabbalah and Science: Preliminary Remarks". Science in Medieval Jewish Communities (2012).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Judaism and the Science of Ecology. The Routledge Companion to Religion and Science (2012).
  • . Science and Judaism. (2012).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Judaism, Ecology and". Dictionary of Jewish Religion, Culuture and History, ed. Judith R. Baskin (2011).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Ecology. Oxford Dictionary of Jewish Religion 2nd revised edition, ed. Adele Berlin (2011).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Ethics, Jewish. Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy (2011).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. The Intrinsically Good Life. Reform Judaism (2011).
  • . . Review of: Maimonides' Cure of Souls: Medieval Precursor of Psychoanalysis (SUNY Press, 2009) (2011).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Engaging Transhumanism". H+: Transhumanism and Its Critics (2011).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Engaging Transhumanism. H+: Transhumanism and Its Critics (2011).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Gender and the Pursuit of Happiness in Maimonides' Philosophy. Tov Elem: Memory, Community and Gender in Medieval and early Modern Jewish Societies: Essays in Honor of Robert Bonfil (2011).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Gender in Jewish Mysticism. Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah: new Insights and Scholarship (2011).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Judaism and the Care for God's Creation. Green Discipleship: Catholic Theological Ethics and the Environment (2011).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Jewish Mysticism". The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, edited by Robert Bjork (2010).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. History and the Future of Science and Religion. Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science (2010).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Jewish Mysticism". Cambridge Guide of Jewish History, Religion and Culture (2010).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Jewish Mysticism". Cambridge Guide of Jewish History, Religion, and Culture (2010).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Eine Auseinandersetzung mit dem Transhumanismus aus Judischer Perspektive. Human Enhancement: Historische, philosophische und ethische Aspekte der technologischen Verbesserung des Menschen (2010).
  • . . Review of: Rabbinic Culture and Its Critics: jewish Authority, Dissent and Heresy in medival and Early Modern Times (2009).
  • . . Review of: The Kuzari and the Shaping of Jewish Identity, 1167-1900 (Cambridge University Press, 2008) (2009).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Jewish Philosophy, Human Dignity and the New Genetics. Biotechnology: Our Future as Human Beings and Citizens (2009).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Virtue and Happiness. The Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy: From Antiquity through the Seventeenth Century (2009).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Environmentalism and Gender. Shema (2008).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Immortality of Immortality. Religion Dispatches (2008).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Kabbalah: A Medieval Tradition and Its Contemproary Appeal. History Compass (2008).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. The Legacy of Hans Jonas: Judaism and the Phenomenon of Life. (2008).
  • . . Review of: The Jews of Medieval Western Christendom: 1000-1500 (Cambridge University Press, 2007) (2008).
  • . Engaging Transhumanism: The Meaning of Being Human. (2008).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Beatitude. Encyclopedia Judaica, 2nd Revised Edition (2007).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Happiness. Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions, (2007).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Nature in Judaism. Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions (2007).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Women and Gender in Jewish Philosophy. Encyclopedia Judaica, 2nd Revised Edition (2007).
  • . . Review of: Alef, Mem, Tau: Kabbalistic Musings on Time, Truth, and Death (2007).
  • . . Review of: Israel Najara's Miqveh Israel (2007).
  • . . Review of: Kabbalah and Eros (2007).
  • Samuelson, Hava Tirosh (Author) . Judaism. The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology (2006).
  • Samuelson, Hava Tirosh. Ecology and Religion: Ecology and Judaism. Encyclopedia of Religion, Revised Second Edition (2005).
  • Samuelson, Hava Tirosh. Judaism. Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (2005).
  • Hava Samuelson. Athens and jerusalem: Rethinking the Past and Anticipating the Future of Religion and Science. Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science (2005).
  • Hava Samuelson. Religion, Ecology, and Gender: A Jewish Perspective. Feminist Theology (2005).
  • . . Review of: Cultural Intermediaries: Jewish Intellectuals in Early Modern Italy (2005).
  • . . Review of: Yom Tov Lipmann Heller: Portrait of Seventeenth Century Rabbi (2005).
  • Samuelson, Hava Tirosh. Women and Gender in Jewish Philosophy. (2004).
  • . . Review of: Textual Reasonings: Jewish Philosophy and Text Study at the End of the Twentieth Century (2004).
  • . . Review of: The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change (2004).
  • Samuelson, Hava Tirosh (Author) . Jewish Philosophy in Conversation with Feminism. Women and Gender in Jewish Philosophy (2004).
  • Samuelson, Hava Tirosh. Happiness in Premodern Judaism: Virtue, Knowledge, and Well-Being. (2003).
  • N/A - record moved from Non-Refereed Articles. Philosophy and Kabbalah 1200-1600. Cambridge Companion of Medieval Jewish Philosophy (2003).
  • Samuelson, Hava Tirosh (Author) ,Berlin, Adele (Editor) ,Zvi Brettler, Marc (Editor) . The Bible in the Jewish Philosophical Tradition. Jewish Study Bible (2003).
  • Samuelson, Hava Tirosh (Author) ,Greenspoon, Leonard J (Editor) ,Simkins, Ronald A (Editor) . Jewish Spirituality: Past Models and Present Quest. Studies in Jewish Civilization (2003).
  • Samuelson, Hava Tirosh (Author) ,Vrede van Huyssteen, J Wentzel (Editor) . Judaism. Encyclopedia of Science and Religion (2003).
  • Samuelson, Hava Tirosh. Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed Word. (2002).
  • Samuelson, Hava Tirosh (Author) . Introduction: Judaism and the Natural World. Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed Word (2002).
  • Samuelson, Hava Tirosh (Author) . The Textualization of Nature in Jewish Mysticism. Judaism and Ecology (2002).
  • Hava Samuelson. Nature in the Sources of Jduaism. Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2001).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Rabbi Meir Halevi Abulafia. The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (0).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. The Jewish Experience in American Cinema. (0).
  • Hava Tirosh-Sameulson, Maurry Pomerance, and Daniel Bernardi. "The Hollywood Question". The Jewish Experience in American Cinema (0).
Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 394Special Topics
JST 394Special Topics
REL 394Special Topics
JST 492Honors Directed Study
JST 493Honors Thesis
HST 499Individualized Instruction
REL 690Reading and Conference
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 304Studies in European History
JST 304Studies in European History
REL 394Special Topics
JST 492Honors Directed Study
JST 493Honors Thesis
JST 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 394Special Topics
JST 394Special Topics
REL 394Special Topics
JST 492Honors Directed Study
JST 493Honors Thesis
HST 493Honors Thesis
SOS 590Reading and Conference
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
JST 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
JST 294Special Topics
JST 394Special Topics
SOS 394Special Topics
REL 394Special Topics
JST 492Honors Directed Study
HST 492Honors Directed Study
JST 493Honors Thesis
HST 493Honors Thesis
JST 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 304Studies in European History
JST 304Studies in European History
JST 492Honors Directed Study
JST 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 598Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 358Jewish History from the Bible
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 230Intro to Jewish Civilization
JST 230Intro to Jewish Civilization
HST 230Intro to Jewish Civilization
JST 499Individualized Instruction
Presentations
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and J. Benjamin Hurlbut. The Transhumanist Imagination: Innovation, Secularization and Eschatology". Religious Studies Forum (Oct 2014).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "The Singularity". Screening and discussion of a film about concept of singularity (Mar 2014).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Nature's Otherness and Human Responsibility: Jewish Ecological Ethics". Humanities and the Environment (Feb 2014).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Judaism and the Contemporary Pursuit of Happiness". Shaol and Louis Pozez Memorial Lectureship Series, University of Arizona (Jan 2014).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Science and Religion in the Post-Secular Age". The Science and Religion Dialogue: Past and Future (Oct 2012).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Judaism and Environmentalism: Are the Compatible?". Annual endowed lecture at Syracuse University (Apr 2012).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Panel on Judaism and Science. American Academy of Religion -- Annual Conference (Nov 2011).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Sex and the Jewish Family in the 21st Century. Princeton University, Summer Seminar of the Tikvah Foundation (Jun 2011).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "The Freedom to Be Human: Critique of Transhumanism". Neurocognive Enhancement: Its Impact on Human Mind and Evolution (May 2011).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Economic Function and Otherness: A Jewish Perspective on Contemporary Exclusion. Medieval Academy of America (May 2011).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Creation and Evolution: Response to Michael Ruse. Origins : Causation and Boundaries (Apr 2011).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Kabbalah and Science". Annual Conference of Association of Jewish Studies (Dec 2010).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Judaism and the Ecological Crisis". Annual Lecture of Jewish Studies at the University of Texas-Austin (Oct 2010).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Jewish Environmentalism: Bridging Scholarship, Faith, and Activism". Conference on "Jewish Thought, Jewish Studies" (Jun 2010).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Hans Jonas in Retrospect". Workshop on Hans Jonas at Princeton University (Jun 2010).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Nature and Renewal in Modern Jewish Thought. Annual Wolinsky Lecture at York University, Canada (Mar 2010).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Conceptions of Nature in Medieval Judaism". ACMRS Annual Conference: Humanities and Nature in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (Feb 2010).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Jewish Environmentalism: The Biblical Conundrum". Helen and Martin Schwartz Lectures in Jewish Studies for 2009-2010 (Nov 2009).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Nature in Modern Judaism: Between the Religion and the Secular". Helen and Martin Schwartz Lectures in Jewish Studies, Indiana Univesity (Nov 2009).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "History and the Future of Science and Religion". Conference: "Where are We Going: Zygon and the Future of Religion and Science (May 2009).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Gender in Jewish Thought: Problems and Possiblities.". Conference on Gender in Jewish Thought at Brandeis University (Apr 2009).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. A Feminist Reads Maimonides: Science and Religion in Judaism. Lecture Series on Science and Religion in the Abraham Faiths, St. Mary's College, South Bend IN (Apr 2009).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "The Dialogue of Science and Religion in American Academe.". Science and Religion Roundtable sponsored by the Ford Foundation (Mar 2009).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Religion and the Enviornment: Perspective from Judaism, Christianity, and Buddhism, Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University. Howard M. Garfield Forum for Undergraduates at Stanford University (Feb 2009).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. "Gender in Jewish Mysticism: Historicism, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis.". Conference on "Jewish Mysticism: new Insights and Scholarship,"at Florida Atlantic University (Feb 2009).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Jew and Philosopher: A Hans Jonas Retrospective. Annual Conference of Association of Jewish Studies (Dec 2008).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Jewish Environmental Thought. Annual Conference of Association of Jewish Studies (Dec 2008).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Daniel Bernardi. Stars of David: The Jewish Experience in American Cinema. Conference (Nov 2008).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Jewish Ecological Wisdom. Interfaith Climate Summitt (Nov 2008).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Norbert Samuelson. Judaism and Science. Workshop (Aug 2008).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Jewish Conceptions of the Self. Annual Conference of Metanexus Institute (Jul 2008).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Transhumanism and the Pursuit of Immortality: A Jewish Critique. International Conference on "Personal Identity and Resurrection" University of Innsbruck, Austria (Jul 2008).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Transhumanism and the Meanings of Progress. Annual Workshop of Templeton Research Lectures (Apr 2008).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Human Embodiment and Dignified Death: A Critique of Transhumanism. Conference on "Extending Life" organized by the Center of BIoethics and Human Dignity, Chicago (Mar 2008).
  • Samuelson, Hava. New Directions in Feminist Jewish Studies. American Academy of Religion (Nov 2007).
  • Samuelson, Hava. What is Transhumanism and How to Respond to It?. Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix (Oct 2007).
  • Samuelson, Hava. Judaism and the Pursuit of Happiness. Foundation of Jewish Studies (Sep 2007).
  • Samuelson, Hava. Judaism and Science: Beyond the Conflict Model. AZ Interfaith Movement (Sep 2007).
  • Samuelson, Hava. Judaism and the New Genetics. (May 2007).
  • Samuelson, Hava. Conflict or Common Ground (Apr 2007).
  • Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Transhumanism and the Meaning of Human Nature. Annual Workshop of the Templeton Research Lectures (Apr 2007).
  • Samuelson, Hava. "Philosophy and Kabbalah on the Pursuit of Happiness. (Mar 2007).
  • Samuelson, Hava. Multicultural Perspectives on the Human Body (Feb 2007).
  • Samuelson, Hava. Jewish Philosophy, Human Dignity, and the New Genetics. Conference on Creation, Procreation and the New Genetics (Sep 2006).
  • Samuelson, Hava. Conceptions of the Other: Gender, Philosophy, and Theology. Towards a Contemporary Jewish Theology of World Religions (Jun 2005).
  • Samuelson, Hava. The Challenges of Including Gender in Jewish Philosophy. AJS/AAR Western Division (Mar 2005).
  • Samuelson, Hava. Judaism and Ecofeminism: Convergence and Conflict. Bloome Leadership Institute and Coalition of Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) (Feb 2005).
  • Samuelson, Hava. Gender and the Pursuit of Happiness in Maimonides' Philosophy. 'The House of Jacome': Images and Paradigms: Gender and the Family in Medieval Jewish Society (Jan 2005).
  • Samuelson, Hava. A Feminist Perspective on Maimonides' Political Theology. American Academy of Religion Annual Convention (Nov 2004).
  • Samuelson, Hava. Can Women Be Happy?: Gender in Maimonides' Theology. Amadao Colloquiuem in Sephardic Studies, UCLA (May 2004).
  • Samuelson, Hava. Judaism and the Environmental Crisis. The Abrahamic Religions and the Environmental Crisis (May 2004).
  • Samuelson, Hava. Judaism and Environmentalism: Are They Compatible?. The Shaul Pozez Lecture Seires in Judaic Studies, University of Arizona
  • Samuelson, Hava. Teaching Jewish Mysticism: Challenges, Themes, Methods. Annual Convention of Association of Jewish Studies
Service
  • Project Humanities and Institute of Humanities Research, Participated in a panel: "Being Human in a Posthuman World" (2012 - Present)
  • Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, Academic Advisory Board (2009 - Present)
  • Steering committee for the new School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Member of Committee (2008 - Present)
  • Origin Initiative, Member of committee to plan the public events for the Origin sympoisum in April 5-6, 2009 (2008 - Present)
  • Origins Initative, Member of advisory committee (2008 - Present)
  • Center for Jewish Studies, Director (2008 - Present)
  • Jewish Studies, Director of Jewish Studies (2008 - Present)
  • Brill Academic Publishers, Co-Editor (with Giuseppe Veltri) of manuscripts for publication in the book series, Studies of Jewish History and Culture (2008 - Present)
  • Carnegi Initiative on Doctorate Committee, Member of committee (2003 - Present)
  • Dean's Faculty Advisory Committee, Member of committee (2014 - 2016)
  • World Union for Jewish Studies, Referee (2014 - 2015)
  • Alei Sefer, Referee (2014 - 2014)
  • World Union of Jewish Studies, Member of a selection committee for the Matanel Prize in Jewish Thought, 2012-2014 (2014 - 2014)
  • Center for Jewish Studies, Director (2014 - 2014)
  • Center for Jewish Studies, Director (2014 - 2014)
  • Valley Beth Midrash, Panelist (2014 - 2014)
  • Journal for Contemporary Religion, Referee (2014 - 2014)
  • President Engagement Programs, Presenter (2014 - 2014)
  • Search Committee for Assistant Professor in Religion, Science, and Technology, Co-Chair (2014 - 2014)
  • Science, Religion, and Culture, Referee (2014 - 2014)
  • Bloomsbury Publishing, Referee (2014 - 2014)
  • Center for Jewish Studies, Director (2013 - 2013)
  • Valley Beth Midrash, Organized and modrated a Panel on "Jews and Political Power" (2012 - 2012)
  • Center for Jewish Studies, Presenter (2011 - 2011)
  • President Community Outpreach Program (ASU) and the Desert Botanical Garden (Tempe), Presenter (2011 - 2011)
  • Center for Jewish Studies and Phoenix Symphony, Orgnizer (2010 - 2011)
  • Temple Beth Israel, Scottsdale AZ, Lecture (2010 - 2010)
  • Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, Review of Michael Oppenheim, Jewish Philosophy in the 20th Century and Beyond (2010 - 2010)
  • The Goldstein-Goren International Center for Jewish Thought, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, A member of a committee of three to award $ 30,000 (2009 - 2010)
  • Goren-Goldestein Ingternational Center for Jewish Thought Ben Gurion University, Judge of book submissions for an award of $ 30,000 for the best work in Jewish thought in 2009 and 2010 (2009 - 2010)
  • Jewish Publication Society, Referee of Elliot Dorff (ed.), Social Justice: Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices (2010 - 2010)
  • Arizona Science Center, Phoenix AZ, Panelist (2010 - 2010)
  • Beth El Congregation, Phoenix AZ, Invited Lecture (2010 - 2010)
  • Peninsula Jewish Community Center, Foster City, CA, Lecturer (2009 - 2009)
  • Jewish Community Center, Scottsdale AZ, Lecture: "Integraing Feminism and Jewish Studies" in Annual Symposium on Women (2008 - 2009)
  • President Community Enrichmenbt Program, ASU, Lecturer (2009 - 2009)
  • Journal of American Academy of Religion, Member of the Editorial Board (2005 - 2009)
  • Temple Brith Shalom, Prescott AZ, Scholar in Residence (2009 - 2009)
  • Search Committee for position in Judeo-Hispanic Diaspora, Head of Search Committee (2008 - 2009)
  • Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, Lecturer (2009 - 2009)
  • Faculty Women Emeriti, ASU, Lecturer (2009 - 2009)
  • Jewish Community Foundation, Lecturer (2009 - 2009)
  • Tel Aviv Univeresity, Israel, Evaluator of professor Ron Margolin for promotion to Associate Professor (2008 - 2008)
  • Hadassah: Prime Timers Chapter (meeting in Grayhawk Club), Lecutre: "An Israel WOman Studies Judaism: Challenges and New Directions" (2008 - 2008)
  • The New Shul, Scotssdale AZ, Lecture: "Kabbalah and the Quest for a Modern Jewish Identity" (2008 - 2008)
  • University of Rochester Press, Referee of book manuscript by David Conway, Jewry in Music: Jewish Entry to Musical Professrion, 1780-1850 for publication by the press (2008 - 2008)
  • Department of History, Associate Chair (2007 - 2008)
  • Temple Solel, Scottsdale AZ, Lecture: Jewish Sutdies at ASU: A Look to the Future (2008 - 2008)
  • Arizona Center of Medival and Renaissance Studies, Chair of session on mysiticism in a conference on "Law and Sovereignty in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance" organized by the ACMRS (2008 - 2008)
  • Bar Ilan University, External Reader (2007 - 2008)
  • Calgary Institute for the Humanities, Referee (2007 - 2007)
  • Interpreting Nature & Scripture in the Abrahamic Tradition: History of Dialogue, Referee (2007 - 2007)
  • Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology, Referee (2007 - 2007)
  • Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix, Lecture (2007 - 2007)
  • Judaism and Science: Beyond the Conflict Model, Lecture (2007 - 2007)
  • Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Academic Advisory Board (2005 - 2007)
  • Jewish Publication Society, Referee (2007 - 2007)
  • Search Committee for Chair of History Department, Member of Committee (2005 - 2007)
  • Jewish Studies Quarterly, Referee (2007 - 2007)
  • New College of Integrative Studies, ASU-WEST, Lecture (2007 - 2007)
  • Indiana University Press, Referee (2007 - 2007)
  • Arizona Science Museum, Panelist (2007 - 2007)
  • Journal of American Academy of Religion, Referee (2005 - 2006)
  • Search Committee for Chair of the Department of History, Member of committee (2005 - 2006)
  • Search Committee for Director of Jewish Studies, Member of Committee (2005 - 2006)
  • Affiliated Council of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, Member (2001 - 2005)
  • Oberlin College, Evaluator of Tenure and Promotion File (2005 - 2005)
  • Arizona Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Member of a committee to select the ACMRS (2005 - 2005)
  • Planning Committee for a Center of Jewish Studies, Member of committee (2004 - 2005)
  • Radio Portugal Antena 2, Interview with Pedro Oliveira on Judaism and Ecology (2005 - 2005)
  • Jewish Studies Planning Committee, Member of Committee (2005 - 2005)
  • Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Organizer and facilitator of a faculty seminar: "Being Human -- Science, Religion, Tehcnology and Law." (2004 - 2005)
  • Faculty Mentorship Program, Mentor of Prof. Claudia Mesch (2004 - 2005)
  • Journal of Hebrew Studies, Referee (2005 - 2005)
  • National Foundation for Jewish Culture, Referee of Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2005 - 2005)
  • President's Community Enrichment Program, Taught a course on Modern Israel (2005 - 2005)
  • Indiana University Press, Referee (2004 - 2005)
  • American Academy of Religion Steering Committee for the "Study of Judaism" section of the AAR, Refereed 23 individual submissions and 5 proposals for panels submitted to the annual convention of the organization (2004)
  • Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Refereed article for publication (2004)
  • Kansas Daily Star, Gave an interview on the history and meaning of Kabblah and the reason for its current popularity (2004)
  • National Foundation for Jewish Culture, Referee of Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2004)
  • Research Award Committee, Reviewed grant applications for FGIA in Social Sciences (2004)
  • Science and Public Policy, Refereed article for publication (2004)
  • Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History, Refereed article for publication (2004)
  • Search Committee for Director of Research Administration, Member of Committee (2004 - 2004)
  • Arizona State University, Organized an international conference on "Jewish Tradition and the Challenge of Evolution" (2002 - 2004)
  • Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism, Referee of an essay for publication (2003)
  • American Academy of Religion, Chaired a Panel (2003)
  • American Academy of Religion, Organized a Panel (2003)
  • Association for Jewish Studies, Organizer and Chair (2003)
  • Association of Jewish Studies, Executive Board (2003)
  • CLAS Research Awards Committee, Member (2003)
  • Carnegie Committee on Graduate Education, Member of Committee (2003)
  • Colloquium Committee, member (2003)
  • Committee to evaluate Prof. Rachel Koopmans, member (2003)
  • Committee to examine pro-Seminar HST 498, member (2003)
  • Committee to rewrite the rules for promotion and tenure procedures, member (2003)
  • Curriculum Committee, Member (2003)
  • Hebrew Union College Press, Referee of Manuscript for publication (2003)
  • Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Academic Advisory Board (2003)
  • Isarel Science Foundation, Refereed a grant proposal (2003)
  • Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Refereed the file of Prof. Shaul Magid for Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure (2003)
  • Journal of the History of Ideas, Refereed an article for publication (2003)
  • KFYI, Phoenix AZ, Panelist (2003)
  • Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, Refereed of application for Doctoral fellowship (2003)
  • Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, Refereed Proposals for Doctroal and Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2003)
  • Metanexus Institute on Science and Religion, Board of Directors (2003)
  • National Foundation for Jewish Culture, Refereed a grant Proposal (2003)
  • Reason and Revelation: Averroes, Maimonides, Aquinas in Their Time and Ours -- A Documentary Film, Board of Advisors (2003)
  • Review of Biblical Literature, Review of a published text (2003)
  • Search Committee for position in medieval history, member of committee (2003)
  • State University of New York Press, Refereed a manuscript for publication (2003)
  • Temple Beth El, Patchogue New York, Scholar-in-Residence (2003)
  • Temple Emanuel, Tempe AZ, Scholar in Residence (2003)
  • The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Editorial Board (2003)
  • University of Wisconsin Press, Series on Modern Jewish Philosophy and Religion, Advisory Board (2003)
  • Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, Refereed article for publication (2003)
  • Arizona Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Member of committee (Present)
  • Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Member of Academic Advisory Board (Present)
  • Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Member of Committee to design a certificate program in the Study of Religion and Conflict (Present)
  • Search Committee for Chair of History Department, Member of Committee (Present)
  • Search Committee for Director of Jewish Studies, Member of Search Committee (Present)