Shira Billet entered the Religion Department in 2010, in the Religion, Ethics and Politics subfield. She studies modern Jewish thought and intellectual history, with a focus on German Jewish thinkers from the unification of Germany until the Second World War. Shira is a particularly interested in the political, legal, and ethical implications of religious thought, and the ways in which religious thought intersects with and is in tension with law and politics – and with legal and political theory. Topics of interest include modern discussions of miracles, sin and the problem of evil, religion and aesthetics, emotion, race and peoplehood.
Shira received her B.A. in Religion from Princeton University in 2008, and is the recipient of a Wexner Graduate Fellowship in Judaic Studies, as well as a graduate fellowship at the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization.