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David Shyovitz

Director of the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies; Associate Professor in the Department of History

Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
Curriculum Vitae

David Shyovitz (PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2011), is Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University, and Director of the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies. His research focuses on medieval European intellectual and cultural history, with a particular emphasis on Jewish history and Jewish-Christian relations. He is the author of A Remembrance of His Wonders: Nature and the Supernatural in Medieval Ashkenaz (Penn Press, 2017), and has been a visiting fellow at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. His current book project, "O Beastly Jew!" Jews, Animals, and Jewish Animals in the Middle Ages, explores the overlapping ways in which Jewish and Christian authors and artists distinguished humans from animals, and Jews from Christians, over the course of the Middle Ages.

Jewish Studies Courses

  • History 203: Jewish History 750-1492
  • History 300: Jewish Messianic Movements
  • History 300: Jewish-Christian Relations
  • History 300: Medieval Jewish History
  • History 347: Christians and Jews
  • History 393: The Blood Libel
  • History 492: Topics in Medieval Jewish History