Welcome to my website.
Here you can learn about my upcoming public engagements, find links to my writings, learn about my book project, and hear podcasts and watch YouTube videos of my public talks.
I received my BA in History from New York University and my MA and PhD in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am currently the Postdoctoral Fellow in Judaic Studies in the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech.
Starting this fall, I will be Assistant Professor of Religion and Bonnier Family Chair in Jewish Studies in the Department of Religion at Gustavus Adolphus College, in Saint Peter, Minnesota.
My scholarship focuses primarily on the nineteenth-century, and my interest is in religious response to modernity. You'll also find that I also work on topics in postmodern theory (Foucault), Holocaust, and twentieth-century literature (Roth, Malamud, Durrell).
I am currently at work on a book project, entitled City and Sanctuary: Adolf Jellinek and the Origins of the Modern Rabbi. It examines the history and development of the modern rabbi, the impact of Wissenschaft des Judentums on scholarship and religion, and the importance of urbanization in Jewish communal transformation in nineteenth-century Central Europe.
I am also an Advisory Board member of the Center for Sermon Studies, based at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, as well as an Editorial Board member of its referred journal, Sermon Studies.
You can also find information about my work at: vt.academia.edu/SamuelKessler
You can find my profile on Sefaria here: http://www.sefaria.org/profile/samuel-kessler