Catherine Hezser new Professor II in Jewish Studies
Hezser is one of the leading scholars within Jewish Studies in Europe, and joins the faculty as Professor II for the next three years.
Dean Aud V. Tønnessen introducing Catherine Hezser (centre) at the weekly Faculty lunch.
Catherine Hezser is professor in Jewish Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London. She has a Dr. theol. in New Testament Studies from Heidelberg in 1986 and a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York in 1992.
After that she has been a researcher at several renowned institutions, like Kings College in Cambridge, Free University in Berlin, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Trinity College in Dublin.
She has been teaching at SOAS since 2005, and is currently also Research Coordinator at the School of History, Religions and Philosophies there.
“The Faculty has wanted to strengthen our focus on Jewish Studies, and Catherine Hezser will be a very valuable addition to our Faculty. We are extremely pleased and proud that she now joins us as professor II”, says Dean Aud V. Tønnessen.
“She will be a significant contributor to our efforts within interreligious studies. Hezser´s is an expert on Judaism in antiquity and Rabbinic Judaism, but her research and teaching covers historical and contemporary topics and perspectives. Many has read her work on slavery, and she has regularly been teaching at SOAS about Holocaust”, Tønnessen continues.
Interreligious Studies has been a field in growth over several years at the Faculty, mainly with emphasis on Christianity and Islam. Hezser will contribute to wider perspectives from her research field in Jewish Studies. She brings with her a wide and solid competence in interdisciplinary research.
When she was welcomed at the weekly Faculty lunch, she emphasized the importance of studying Christianity, Islam and Judaism together, as their history and theology are intertwined on many levels. She also said she was looking forward to collaborating with her new colleagues at the Faculty.