Susannah Heschel

Academic Appointments
  • Chair, Jewish Studies Program

  • Eli M. Black Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies

Susannah Heschel is the Eli M. Black Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on Jewish and Protestant thought during the 19th and 20th centuries, including the history of biblical scholarship, Jewish scholarship on Islam, and the history of anti-Semitism. Her numerous publications include Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus (University of Chicago Press), which won a National Jewish Book Award, The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany (Princeton University Press), and Jüdischer Islam: Islam und Deutsch-Jüdische Selbstbestimmung (Mathes und Seitz). Heschel has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Frankfurt and Cape Town as well as Princeton, and she is the recipient of numerous grants, including from the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Foundation, and a yearlong Rockefeller fellowship at the National Humanities Center. In 2011-12 she held a fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. She has received four honorary doctorates from universities in the United States, Canada, and Germany. Currently she is a Guggenheim Fellow and is writing a book on the history of European Jewish scholarship on Islam. In 2015 she was elected a member of the American Society for the Study of Religion. 

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Contact

646-3620
218 Reed Hall
HB 6036

Education

  • A.B. Trinity College
  • M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School
  • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

Selected Publications

  • Jüdischer Islam: Islam und jüdisch-deutsche Selbstbestimmung, trans. Dirk Hartwig (Berlin: Mathes und Seitz, 2018).

  • The Muslim Reception of European Orientalism, ed. Susannah Heschel and Umar Ryad (New York: Routledge Press, 2018).

  • Holocaust Scholarship: Personal Trajectories and Professional Interpretations, ed. Christopher Browning, Susannah Heschel, Michael R. Marrus and Milton Shain (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan Books, 2015).

  • Theological Ghosts and Goblins: Martin Luther’s Haunting of Liberal Judaism,” Polyphonie der Theologie: Verantwortung und Widerstand in Kirche und Politik, ed. Matthias Grebe (Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer Verlag, 2019)

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Works In Progress

The Jewish Fascination with Islam: The History of Jewish Scholarship on Islam and its Impact on Modern Jewish Self-Understanding (under preparation); Holocaust Scholarship: Personal Trajectories and Professional Interpretations, ed. Christopher Browning, Susannah Heschel, Michael R. Marrus and Milton Shain, to be published by Berghahn Books (New York: Berghahn Books, forthcoming in 2014); “Human Dignity in Judaism: Divinely Bestowed, Humanly Performed,” Human Dignity, ed. Alexandra Kemmerer (forthcoming in 2015).