Faculty Directory

Sam Berrin Shonkoff

Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies

Consortial Faculty
At the GTU since
(510) 649-2488
Degrees and Certifications

PhD, University of Chicago Divinity School, 2018 

MA, University of Toronto, 2011

BA, Brown University, 2007

Research and Teaching Interests

German-Jewish thought


Philosophy of religion

Jewish hermeneutics

Embodied theologies

Selected Publications

Hasidism: Writings on Devotion, Community, and Life in the Modern World, ed. with Ariel Evan Mayse (Brandeis University Press, under contract and in progress).

Martin Buber: His Intellectual and Scholarly Legacy, ed. (Brill, 2018).

“Metanomianism and Religious Praxis in Martin Buber’s Hasidic Tales,” Religions 9.12 (special issue on Religion and Modern Jewish Thought, ed. Paul Mendes-Flohr, 2018).

“Sacramental Existence and Embodied Theology in Buber’s Representation of Hasidism,” Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 25.1 (2017): 131-161.

“Michael Fishbane: An Intellectual Portrait," in Michael Fishbane: Jewish Hermeneutical Theology, ed. Aaron W. Hughes and Hava Tirosh-Samuelson (Brill, 2015), 1-52.

“Temples on Fire: Desert, Dust, and Destruction,” in Playa Dust: Collected Stories from Burning Man, ed. Samantha Krukowski (Black Dog Publishing, 2014), 176-183.

Courses Taught

Modern Jewish Thought

Hasidic Mysticism

Jewish Theology

People of the Book, People of the Body: An Introduction to Jewish Studies

Martin Buber: Philosopher, Theologian, Activist