- Religion and Literature
- Theory of Religion and Culture
- Hebrew Bible
- Modern Jewish Thought
- Interim Director, School of Performing Arts
- Society of Biblical Literature
- American Academy of Religion
- International Walter Benjamin Society
- Ph.D., University of Chicago (1992)
Awards and Honors
Fellowship for Research, DAAD, 2012-2013
Fellow, Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin, November-December 2008, September-October 2012, and June 2015
Phi Beta Kappa Sturm Award for Research (2007)
Postsecular Benjamin: Agency and Tradition. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2016 (in press, May 2016 publication).
Biblical Curses and the Displacement of Tradition. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2011.
Rewriting Moses: The Narrative Eclipse of the Text. London: T & T Clark, 2004.
Walter Benjamin and the Bible. New York: Continuum, 1996. Second Edition: Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY, 2003.
Alexandra Cuffel and Brian Britt, eds. Religion, Gender, and Culture in the Premodern World. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
“Identity and Survival in Deutsche Menschen,” Benjamin-Studien 3 (2014): 83-104.
“Religion and Literature: Outsider, Tradition, and Transcendence,” Religion Compass 8/1 (2014): 11-24.
“Curses Left and Right: Hate Speech and Biblical Tradition,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 78 (2010): 633-661.
“The Schmittian Messiah in Agamben’s The Time That Remains,” Critical Inquiry 36 (2010): 262-287.