David Stern

David Stern joined the Harvard faculty in 2015, after teaching at the University of Pennsylvania for many years. He was the recipient of a junior fellowship in Harvard’s Society of Fellows and a Radcliffe Institute fellowship, and received grants from the ACLS, the NEH, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has been a visiting professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Princeton University, among others. The main topic of Stern's scholarship is the nature of Jewish literary creativity within its larger historical and cultural contexts. Stern’s teaching focuses both on Jewish Studies and the history of the book. His Jewish Studies courses include seminars on reading Jewish texts like Midrash and Talmud, both in the original language and in translation, and thematic courses that span the entire length of Jewish literary history, from the Bible to the present (e.g. “The Binding of Isaac in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Culture”).