Curriculum Vitae

Professional Appointments

Reed College
Assistant Professor of History and Humanities, 2005-09
Associate Professor of History and Humanities, 2009-2016
Professor of History and Humanities, 2016-present

Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University
Visiting Professor and Fellow

University of Chicago
Collegiate Assistant Professor and Fellow, Society of Fellows


University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D. History, 2002

Freie Universität Berlin
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholar, 1999

Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Rotary Fellow, 1994-95

Universität Freiburg
DAAD Scholar, 1993-94

University of Virginia
B.A. History, 1993, Highest Distinction
Distinguished Majors Program: Top Graduate in History, 1993
Phi Beta Kappa


God Interrupted: Heresy and the European Imagination Between the World Wars
Princeton University Press, 2008

Best First Book in the History of Religion (American Academy of Religion)
Koret Foundation Publication Prize
Templeton Prize for Best First Book on “God or Spirituality”

Articles and Essays

"Przezwyciężyć gnozę. Hans Jonas, Hans Blumenberg i prawomocność świata natury," Kronos 2, 25 (2013), 142-160.

"introduction" (co-author with Jan Plamper), in Fear: Across the Disciplines (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012).

"Earthrise; or, the Globalization of the World Picture," American Historical Review (June, 2011), 602-630.

"The Phobic Regimes of Modernity" (co-author with Jan Plamper), Representations, 110 (Spring, 2010), 58-65.

"Natural Right and Liberalism:  Leo Strauss in Our Time," Modern Intellectual History, 6, 1 (2009), 171-188.

"The Origins of 'Political Theology': Judaism and Heresy Between the Wars," New German Critique 105, 35:3 (Fall 2008), 143-164.

"Pauline Theology in the Weimar Republic: Hans Jonas, Karl Barth, Martin Heidegger," in Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Christian Wiese, eds., Judaism and the Phenomenon of Life: the Legacy of Hans Jonas (Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2008), 107-129.

"Abject Academy, 1936-1939," in William Cohen and Ryan Johnson, eds., Filth: Dirt, Disgust and Modern Life (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005).

"Overcoming Gnosticism: Hans Jonas, Hans Blumenberg and the Legitimacy of the Natural World," Journal of the History of Ideas 64 (2003), 619-637. Winner of the Selma V. Forkosch Prize (best article in the Journal of the History of Ideas, 2003)

"Writing the Judenzarathustra: Gershom Scholem’s Encounter with Modernity, 1913-1917," New German Critique 85 (2002), 33-67.


Carl Schmitt and the Jews:  The “Jewish Question,” the Holocaust, and German Legal Theory. By Raphael Gross.  Translated by Joel Golb. Forward by Peter C. Caldwell. George L. Mosse Series in Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History.  Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2007. In Religious Studies Review 35, 2 (June 2009).

Memoirs. By Hans Jonas. Edited by Christian Wiese. Translated by Krishna Winston. The Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry. Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England, 2008.  In Religious Studies Review 35, 2 (June 2009).

The Life and Thought of Hans Jonas: Jewish Dimensions. By Christian Wiese. Translated by Jeffrey Grossman and Christian Wiese. The Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry. Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England, 2007.  In Religious Studies Review 34, 3 (September 2008).

Leo Strauss and the Theological-Political Problem. By Heinrich Meier. Translated by Marcus Brainard. Modern European Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. In Religious Studies Review 33, 4 (October 2007), 328.

"The Philosopher, the Heretic, the Jew and His Lovers: Spinoza," The Jerusalem Report (October, 2006)

Edited Books and Volumes

Fear: Across the Disciplines (co-edited with Jan Plamper), Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012

"The Ends of Nature: Special Issue on Hans Blumenberg," Qui Parle: Literature, Philosophy, Visual Arts, History 12, 1 (Spring/Summer, 2000).

In Preparation

“From Three Worlds to Whole Earth: On the Redirection of Radicalism after 1968”
"Biospherics: Globalizing Life in the 20th Century"
“Miracles and European Thought Between the Wars and Beyond”


Best First Book in History of Religion, 2009, American Academy of Religion (co-winner)
Templeton Prize for Theological Promise, 2008 (for a first book on “God or spirituality”)
Stanford Humanities Center Residential Fellowship, 2007-08
Koret Foundation Publication Prize, 2005
Selma V. Forkosch Prize (for best article in the Journal of the History of Ideas, 2003)
Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 2001-2002
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, 1997-2001
David Baumgardt Memorial Fellowship, Leo Baeck Institute, 2000
Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities Fellowship, UC Berkeley, 2000
DAAD Scholar, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, 1999
Rotary Foundation Scholar, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1994-1995
DAAD Scholar, Universität Freiburg, Germany, 1993-1994
Virginia Honors Scholar, University of Virginia, 1989-1993
Echols Scholar, University of Virginia, 1989-1993


Whole Earths, Globalizations, World Pictures
Whole Earths: Advanced Topics
1968: Origins, Actions, Afterlives
Histories of Biological Life in the Liberal Era
Technology and Social Thought in Twentieth-Century Europe
Social Action in the Twentieth Century
Germany 1918-1945
Liberalism and its Critics: Political Thought from Hobbes to the Present
The Problem of Western Prosperity: Political Economy in History and Theory
Modern European Humanities, 1750-1950
Theology and the European Imagination Between the World Wars
Modern Jewish History