Title: Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies. Professor of Religion. Chair, Department of Religion. Position: Faculty Email: batnitzk@Princeton.edu Office: 237 1879 Hall Phone: (609) 258-4487 Areas: Religion & Philosophy, Religion, Ethics & Politics
Leora F. Batnitzky joined the faculty in 1997. Her teaching and research interests include philosophy of religion, modern Jewish thought, hermeneutics, and contemporary legal and political theory. In 2002 she received Princeton's President's Award for Distinguished Teaching. She is the author of Idolatry and Representation: The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig Reconsidered (Princeton, 2000), Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas: Philosophy and the Politics of Revelation (Cambridge, 2006), and How Judaism Became a Religion: An Introduction to Modern Jewish Thought (Princeton, 2011). Her current book project, tentatively titled "Conversion Before the Law: How Religion and Law Shape Each Other in the Modern World," focuses on a number of contemporary legal cases concerning religious conversion in the U.S., Great Britain, Israel, and India. She is also currently completing an edited volume for the Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought on modern Judaism and legal theory. She is co-editor, with Peter Schäfer, of Jewish Studies Quarterly. Professor Batnitzky is the Director of Princeton's Tikvah Project on Jewish Thought, http://www.princeton.edu/tikvah/ and she currently serves as Chair of the Department of Religion.