Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Yeshiva University
Elli Stern received his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley in 2008. From 2009-2010 he was Junior William Golding Fellow in the Humanities at Brasenose College and the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford. He researches the transformation and development of traditional and religious worldviews in Western life and thought. In particular, he focuses on modern Jewish history, Zionism, secularism, and religious radicalism. His first book entitled, The Genius: Elijah of Vilna and the Making of Modern Judaism was published by Yale University Press in 2012. His forthcoming work, Jewish Materialism (Yale University Press, 2017) details the ideological background to Jews’ involvement in Zionism, Capitalism, and Communism. His courses include Secularism: From the Enlightenment to the Present, Modern Jewish Intellectual History, and Law and Ethics in Modern Judaism. He has served as a term member on the Council on Foreign Relations a fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute, and a consultant to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland.