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Sam Berrin Shonkoff

Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies

Core Doctoral 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

Hasidism and Neo-Hasidism

Philosophy of religion

Jewish hermeneutics

Formulations of dynamics between corporeality and spirituality

Selected Publications
  • “‘We Shall Do and We Shall Understand’: Embodied Theology in Modern Judaism,” The Routledge Handbook of Religion and the Body, ed. Yudit Greenberg and George Pati (New York: Routledge, forthcoming).
  • Hasidism: Writings on Devotion, Community, and Life in the Modern World, ed. with Ariel Evan Mayse (Waltham: Brandeis University Press, 2020).
  • Martin Buber: His Intellectual and Scholarly Legacy, ed. (Leiden: 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).
  • “Michael Fishbane: An Intellectual Portrait," in Michael Fishbane: Jewish Hermeneutical Theology, ed. Aaron W. Hughes and Hava Tirosh-Samuelson (Leiden: Brill, 2015), 1-52.
  • “Temples on Fire: Desert, Dust, and Destruction,” in Playa Dust: Collected Stories from Burning Man, ed. Samantha Krukowski (London: Black Dog Publishing, 2014), 176-183.
Courses Taught

Modern Judaisms: Religion, Culture, or Nationality?

Hasidic Mysticism

Introduction to Jewish Theology

Jewish Counterculture of the Sixties

Theology and Ethics departmental seminar