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.
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 Jews in the City: Rabbis, Synagogues, and Sermons in Nineteenth-Century Central Europe. It examines the history and development of the role of the rabbi, the rabbi’s sermon, and the urban synagogue in the modernization of Judaism during the nineteenth century.
I am 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 is peer-review 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