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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The author of over one hundred articles, she has also edited several books, including Muslims Responses to European Orientalism (with Umar Ryad); Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays of Abraham Joshua Heschel; Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust (with Robert P. Ericksen); Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism(with David Biale and Michael Galchinsky). She serves on the academic advisory council of the Center for Jewish Studies in Berlin and on the Board of Trustees of Trinity College.

She has also taught at Southern Methodist University and Case Western Reserve University.

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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)

“A Different Kind of Theo-Politics: Abraham Joshua Heschel, the Prophets and the Civil Rights Movement,” Journal of Political Theology (Winter 2020)

“Ecstasy versus Ethics: The Impact of World War I on German Biblical Scholarship on the Hebrew Prophets,” in: The First World War and the Mobilization of Biblical Scholarship, ed. Andrew Mein, Nathan MacDonald and Matthew A. Collins (London: T&T Clark, 2019), 187-206.

“The Philological Uncanny: Nineteenth-Century Jewish Readings of the Qur’an,” The Journal of Qur’anic Studies 20:3 (Fall 2018), 191-211.

“‘Wherever You See the Trace of Man, There I Stand Before You’: The Complexities of God and Human Dignity Within Judaism,” Human Dignity in Context: Explorations of a Contested Concept, ed. Dieter Grimm, Alexandra Kemmerer, Christoph Möllers (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2018), 129-62.

“Out of the Mystery Comes the Bond: The Role of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in Shaping Nostra Aetate,” in: Righting Relations after the Holocaust and Vatican II: Essays in Honor of John Pawlikowski, ed. Elena G. Procario-Foley and Robert A. Cathey (New Jersey: Paulist Press, 2018), 199-225.

With Sarah Imhoff, “Where are the Women in Jewish Studies?” Forward (July 2018)

“A Friendship in the Prophetic Tradition: Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King, Jr.,” Telos (April 2018), 67-84.

“Jews and Christianity,” in: Cambridge History of Judaism, ed. Mitchell Hart and Tony Michels (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017), 1063-92.

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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).