B.A., York University
M.T.S., M.A., and Ph.D, Harvard University
Nancy Levene’s research and teaching center on the thought, literature, and political theory of the Western philosophical and theological traditions, with a special focus on modernity, the conceptual history of the Bible, and the root concepts that structure the humanities. Her publications consider a variety of topics and thinkers, and include Spinoza’s Revelation: Religion, Democracy, and Reason (Cambridge, 2004) and Powers of Distinction: On Religion and Modernity (Chicago, forthcoming in 2017). She serves on the editorial board of the Social Science Research Council blog on secularism, religion, and the public sphere, The Immanent Frame, and is currently at work on two projects, one on the ends of metaphysics in light of Christianity and Judaism and one on the study of religion with reference to Marx. Her courses work with conceptual problems and histories in modern thought, from readings of particular thinkers to the evaluation of dominant narratives and frameworks.