The Department of Religious Studies would like to extend a warm Jayhawk welcome to our new faculty member, Sam Brody! Samuel Hayim Brody studies modern Jewish intellectual history, with a special focus on German-Jewish thought. He is especially interested in the relationship between religion and politics throughout the history of Jewish thought, and in the relationship of Judaism to conversations about religion and politics. Corollary to this interest is attention to the ways in which philosophy, ritual and liturgy, legal discourse, exegesis, polemics, and dialogue with Christian and Muslim cultures interact to produce varying forms of Jewish self-definition over time. Brody received his MA at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and his Ph.D. in the History of Judaism from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He has previously taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Cincinnati. This semester, Brody will teach REL 404 Undergraduate Seminar in Religion: Religious Zionisms and REL 570 Studies in Judaism: Judaism and Political Theology.