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David Shyovitz

Director of the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies; Associate Professor in the Department of History

Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
Curriculum Vitae

David Shyovitz (PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2011), is an Associate Professor in Northwestern's History Dept., with a joint appointment at the Crown Center for Jewish and Israel Studies. His research focuses on medieval European intellectual and cultural history, with a particular emphasis on Jewish history and Jewish-Christian relations. In 2014-15, he was a Yad Hanadiv Visiting Fellow at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and in 2015-16 he held an International Fellowship in Jewish Studies and Jewish Culture from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. His first book, A Remembrance of His Wonders: Nature and the Supernatural in Medieval Ashkenaz, is forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press. His current project, "Oh Beastly Jew!" Jews, Animals, and Jewish Animals in Medieval European Culture, explores the overlapping ways in which Jewish and Christian authors and artists distinguished humans from animals, and Jews from Christians, over the course of the Middle Ages.

Jewish Studies Courses

  • History 203: Jewish History 750-1492
  • History 300: Jewish Messianic Movements
  • History 300: Jewish-Christian Relations
  • History 300: Medieval Jewish History
  • History 347: Christians and Jews
  • History 393: The Blood Libel
  • History 492: Topics in Medieval Jewish History 
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