Susannah Heschel

Academic Appointments
  • Chair, Jewish Studies Program

  • Eli Black Professorship of Jewish Studies

Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of biblical scholarship, 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, and The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany (Princeton University Press). She has also taught at Southern Methodist University and Case Western Reserve University.

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207A Thornton Hall
HB 6036


  • A.B. Trinity College
  • M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School
  • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

Selected Publications

  • “The Slippery yet Tenacious Nature of Racism: New Developments in Critical Race Theory and Their Implications for the Study of Religion and Ethics,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 35:1 (Spring/Summer 2015), 3-27.

  • “Jewish and Muslim Feminist Theologies in Dialogue: Discourses of Difference,” in: Gender in Judaism and Islam: Common Lives, Uncommon Heritage, ed. Beth Wenger and Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet (Philadelphia: NYU Press, November 2014), 17-45.

  • “Constructions of Jewish Identity through Reflections on Islam,” in: Faithful Narratives: Historians, Religions, and the Challenge of Objectivity, ed. Nina Caputo and Andrea Sterk (Cornell University Press, 2014), 169-184.

  • “German-Jewish Scholarship on Islam as a Tool of De-Orientalization,” New German Critique 117 (Fall 2012), 91-117. 

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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).