My approach to teaching is to enable students to engage with the material intellectually and think about it from the inside. I do this by using a variety of thought experiments, real world examples, and probing questions. This enables students to appreciate the real value of ideas and world-views which are complicated and often not obvious.
I have taught at university level for seven years, and have privately tutored for three. I've worked with private students from 16-60 on a variety of subjects in religion and philosophy (from early Christianity to Symbolic Logic), with excellent results and feedback.
2014. PhD, Jewish Studies/Philosophy: University of Nottingham
2009. MA, Religious Studies (Distinction): Lancaster University
Ninian Smart Prize for best MA dissertation.
1999. BA, Philosophy: University of Hertfordshire
2015-Ongoing, Private Tutor.
A level, BA and MA tuition including: Theology, early Christianity, Judaism, Philosophy, Ethics, Symbolic Logic, Christian Thought, Abrahamic Religions.
2016-Ongoing, Visiting Lecturer in Jewish Studies, Liverpool Hope University.
Designing, delivering and assessing:
1st year survey module “Introduction to Jewish Traditions”
3rd year module “Advanced Jewish Traditions”, on themes in Jewish mysticism from biblical to modern times, including the influence on popular culture.
3rd year module “Modern Jewish Theology”, on Rosenzweig, Fackenheim, Mordecai Kaplan, Joseph Soloveitchik, Judith Plaskow, and Ben Ammi.
2017-8, Visiting Lecturer in Jewish Studies and Philosophy, Chester University.
Lectured and assessed:
1st year Encountering Religions: Judaism
1st year Philosophy & Ethics
3rd year Violence and Nationalism in Religious and Philosophical Perspectives.
2017, Guest Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion, Newman University Birmingham
Lectured and assessed 3rd year Philosophy classes on Metaphysics, Post/Modernity, and Death of God.
2016-18, Cover Lecturer, Philosophy, Liverpool Hope University
Lectured and ran seminars for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year Philosophy classes due to research leave.
2011-2015, Teaching Associate, University of Nottingham
1st year Philosophy for Theologians, covering the influence and use of philosophy in monotheistic theology, from Ancient Greece to 20th century and including Philo, Saadya Gaon, Solomon ibn Gabirol, Maimonides, Spinoza and Wittgenstein. Led seminars, lectured and assessed.
1st year survey module Introduction to Judaism, covering the post-biblical evolution of rabbinic Judaism from Late Antique roots and incorporating apocalyptic literature, the schism of Christianity, the diaspora, formation of the Talmud, development of mysticism and philosophy, and other topics later in the history. Led seminars, lectured and assessed.
2015 The Name of God in Jewish Thought: A Philosophical Analysis of Mystical Traditions from Apocalyptic to Kabbalah (Routledge)
Refereed Journal Articles
2018 (forthcoming) “Allowing the Fly to Leave: The Chance Meeting of
Wittgenstein and Buñuel at a Mexican Dinner Table” (with James Batcho) Film-Philosophy 22.3
2016 “Kaplan and Wittgenstein: Atheism, Phenomenology, and the Use of Language” Melilah 12 (2015): 70-83
2016 “The Evolution of the Patriarch Enoch in Jewish Tradition” Distant Worlds 1.1 (2016): 128-141
2015 “Abraham Abulafia's Mystical Theology of the Divine Name and its Philosophical Revision in Walter Benjamin” Medieval Mystical Theology 24.1 (2015): 80-94
2013 “Folk Etymology and its Influence on Metatron Traditions” Journal for the Study of Judaism 44.3 (2013): 339-355.
2012 “Chaos and Identity: Onomatology in the Hekhalot Literature” Bamidbar 3.1 (2012): 36-51.
2018 (in press) “Prophecy and Visions: Jewish Traditions” and “Journey to the Other World: Jewish Traditions” in Prophecy and Prognostication in Medieval European and Mediterranean Societies, ed. Matthias Heiduk et al (Walter de Gruyter)
2018 (in preparation) “Metaphysics of the Name in Israelite Thought: The Hebrew Conception of God’s Nature” in The Tree of the Finite Life: Ancient Israelite Phenomenology of Being Alive, Ed. Alex S. Kohav (Oxford University Press)
2014 “The Name of the Beast: Monstrosity and Self in Michael Gira and Nietzsche” in Monstrous Reflections, ed. Petra Rehling & Elsa Bouet (Inter-Disciplinary Press) pp.63-70.
2017 “Apocalypse of Enoch” in End of Days: An Encyclopaedia of the Apocalypse in World Religions ed. Wendell Johnson (ABC-Clio): 20-22.
2017 “Review: Richard A. Cohen, Out of Control: Confrontations between Spinoza and Levinas,” H-Net Reviews.
2016 “Review: Brian Ogren, ed., Time and Eternity in Jewish Mysticism,” Jewish Culture and History 17 (2016): 178-81.
2014 “Review: Peter Schäfer, The Origins of Jewish Mysticism,” Reviews of the Enoch Seminar.
GRANTS AND AWARDS
2018: European Association for Jewish Studies – Conference grant for EAJS Congress 2018, Krakow)
2017: European Association for Jewish Studies – Full bursary for Multidisciplinarity in Jewish Studies Program and Teaching workshop
2015: The Herzl Institute – Full bursary for Young Scholars Workshop
2014: The Woolf Institute – Full bursary for Bridging the Great Divide e-learning course.
2013: The Spalding Trust – travel grant for SBL (St. Andrews) & World Congress of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem).
2013: Departmental Grant – travel grant for SBL (St. Andrews) & World Congress of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem).
2011: Graduate School Travel Prize – travel grant for Philosophical Investigation of the Hebrew Scriptures, Talmud and Midrash (Jerusalem).
2010: Departmental Stipend – partial funding for duration of doctoral studies.
2010: Full scholarship – Dip. Messianism: Jewish and Christian Perspectives (CEU Budapest).
2009: Ninian Smart Prize for best MA dissertation.
2018 “Life after the PhD” EAJS Emerge Early Career scholars section (European Association for Jewish Studies, Krakow, 18 July)
2018 “The Name of God in Jewish Thought”, Friends of Louis Jacobs (London, 24 June)
2017 “Anti-Semitism”, Hope Not Hate (Nottingham, 25 September)
2011 Narratives of Trauma (University of Nottingham, May 2011)
2018 “Redefining Religion, Nationhood and Belonging: The African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem” (British Association for Jewish Studies Conference, Durham, 9-11 July)
2018 “Jewish concepts of God’s Body: A Survey” (European Association for Jewish Studies Congress, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, 15-19 July)
2018 “Claiming the Power to Define: The African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem” (Identity and Memory in War and Peacebuilding, Liverpool Hope University, 2 July)
2018 “One Body or Two: Eros and the Kabbalistic Tree of Sefirot” (Mystical Theology in Dialogue with Contemporary Thought, KU Leuven, 30 May-2 June)
2016 “The Empty Self: Annihilation and unio mystica in Medieval Jewish thought” (Mysticism in Comparative Perspective, Glasgow University, 14-16 December)
2016 “Words on the Body of God: The Texture and Physicality of the Divine Stature” (British Association for Jewish Studies, Birmingham, 10-12 July)
2016 “The Original Language, and the Seventy Languages in Jewish Tradition” (Untying the Mother Tongue, ICI Berlin, 11-12 May)
2015 “God's Perfection and His Name” (The Question of God's Perfection, The Herzl Institute, Jerusalem, 20-23 December)
2015 “Kaplan and Wittgenstein: Atheism, Phenomenology, and the Use of Language” (British Association for Jewish Studies, Manchester University, 5-7 July)
2014 “The Name of the Beast: Monstrosity and Self in Michael Gira and Nietzsche” (Mechanisms of Monstrosity, Oxford University, 25-27 July)
2014 “Walter Benjamin's Messianic Theology of the Name of God” (Mystical Theology and Continental Philosophy, Liverpool Hope University, 11-13 July)
2014 “Redemption in the Name: Walter Benjamin's transformation of a Kabbalistic motif” (Jewish Studies as Philosophy: Beyond Historicism and Sociology? University of Cambridge, 23-25 March)
2013 “Creation through the Name: A Re-examination of the Concept in Early Rabbinic Literature” (16th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, 28 July – 1 August)
2013 “The Name of God and Creation: A Reassessment of Jarl Fossum’s Evidence” (International Meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature, St Andrews, 7-11 July)
2013 “Prophecy and the Active Intellect in thirteenth-century Kabbalah” (‘Jewish Prophecy’ Panel, Second Sight and Prophecy, Aberdeen, 14-16 June)
2013 “After the Life of Enoch: the Active Intellect in thirteenth-century Kabbalah” (Eighteenth Joint Postgraduate Religion and Theology Conference, Bristol University, 7-9 March)
2011 “An examination of Metatron and principal angel figures within early rabbinic tradition” (Philosophical Investigation of the Hebrew Scriptures, Talmud and Midrash, The Shalem Center, Jerusalem, June)
2010 “The Metaphysics of Truth: The divine abstract in Enoch and Philo” (Enoch Graduate Seminar, Peter Pazmany University, Budapest, July)
2010 “Cutting the Shoots: Metatron as the human face of God” (Angels and Demons, University of Kent Canterbury, June)
2014-Ongoing. Religion and Theology Editor – HARTS and Minds journal, University of Bristol
Editorial assistance for Federico Dal Bo, Yosef Gikatilla (Cherub Press, 2019)
Assistant grant writer for Departmental project “Hermeneutics of Im/Mortality:
Continuity and Discontinuity Between the Self and the Absolute in Religious Narratives of Death and Dying” (Liverpool Hope University, 2016)
Administrator for conference: Return to the Origins: The Qur’an’s Reformation of Judaism and Christianity (University of Nottingham, Jan 2013)
MOODLE (VLE) administration for 1st year course Atheism
Assistant editor for festschrift: Faithful Reading: New Essays in Theology in Honour of Fergus Kerr, OP (T&T Clark International, 2012)
Hebrew (Biblical-Medieval): Advanced
Hebrew (Modern): Advanced
Russian (Modern): Intermediate
2011 British Association for Jewish Studies
2012 Society for Biblical Literature
2012 World Union of Jewish Studies
2013 European Association for Jewish Studies
2016 Mystical Theology Network
2016 Association for the Continental Philosophy of Religion
2018 British Association for the Study of Religion
CONTINUING PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
2018 Northern Jewish Studies Partnership Postdoctoral/ECR Training (Manchester)
2017 Short Course, Teaching students with special educational needs (Liverpool Hope)
2017 E pluribus unum? Multidisciplinarity in Jewish Studies Program and Teaching Workshop, European Association for Jewish Studies (Girona)
2017 Northern Jewish Studies Partnership Postdoctoral/ECR Training (Manchester)
2014. E-Learning Course, Bridging the Great Divide: The Jewish-Muslim Encounter, The Woolf Institute (Cambridge)
2011. Short Course, Teaching for Post-Graduates, University of Nottingham
2010. Diploma, Messianism: Jewish and Christian Perspectives, CEU Summer University (Budapest)
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