AboutI’m a researcher and teacher, in the broad area of philosophy and religion. Slightly narrower, my specialism is Judaism, and narrower still I focus on Jewish mysticism and modern Jewish philosophy (usually of the more ‘secular’ flavour: Benjamin, Rosenzweig, Levinas, et al). However I’m stubbornly interdisciplinary and usually try to cross the boundaries between different aspects of philosophy and speculative thought as well as trying to keep up with current research in scientific, linguistic and psychological fields which connect with my interests. Keeping it broad helps to revitalise intellectual disciplines and keep them exciting.
The other area I’m increasingly focusing on in my research and teaching is Black Judaism, especially the Hebrew Israelite movement.
I’m also very interested in experimenting with the forms of research, writing and teaching – making these practices more accessible, more artistic, more willing to think outside the usual boxes.
Certificate, Bridging the Great Divide. The Jewish-Muslim Encounter: The Woolf Institute (Cambridge)
PhD, Jewish Studies (Theology): University of Nottingham
Diploma, Messianism: Jewish and Christian Perspectives: CEU Summer University (Budapest)
MA, Religious Studies (Distinction): Lancaster University
BA, Philosophy: University of Hertfordshire
Work Shared in CORE
2015 The Name of God in Jewish Thought: A Philosophical Analysis of Mystical Traditions from Apocalyptic to Kabbalah (Routledge)
Refereed Journal Articles
2018 “Allowing the Fly to Leave: The Chance Meeting of Wittgenstein and Bunuel at a Mexican Dinner Table (with James Batcho) Film-Philosophy 22.3 (forthcoming 2018)
2016 “Kaplan and Wittgenstein: Atheism, Phenomenology, and the Use of Language” Melilah 12 (2015): 70-83
2016 “The Evolution of the Patriarch Enoch in Jewish Tradition” Distant Worlds 1.1 (2016): 128-141
2015 “Abraham Abulafia’s Mystical Theology of the Divine Name and its Philosophical Revision in Walter Benjamin” Medieval Mystical Theology 24.1 (2015): 80-94
2013 “Folk Etymology and its Influence on Metatron Traditions” Journal for the Study of Judaism 44.3 (2013): 339-355.
2012 “Chaos and Identity: Onomatology in the Hekhalot Literature” Bamidbar 3.1 (2012): 36-51.
2017 (in preparation) “Jewish Prophecy” in Prophecy and Prognostication in Europe and Medieval Societies, ed. Matthias Heiduk et al (Walter de Gruyter)
2017 (in preparation) “Metaphysics of the Name in Israelite Thought: The Hebrew Conception of God’s Nature” in Ancient Israelite Philosophy: Fact or Fiction? Ed. Alex S. Kohav (Oxford University Press)
2014 “The Name of the Beast: Monstrosity and Self in Michael Gira and Nietzsche” in Monstrous Reflections, ed. Petra Rehling & Elsa Bouet (Inter-Disciplinary Press) pp.63-70.
Memberships2011 British Association for Jewish Studies
2012 Society for Biblical Literature
2012 World Union of Jewish Studies
2013 European Association for Jewish Studies
2016 Mystical Theology Network
2016 Association for the Continental Philosophy of Religion