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  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Religion


  • PhD, University of Chicago, 2018
  • MA, University of Toronto, 2011
  • BA, Brown University, 2007


Sam Berrin Shonkoff is a scholar and teacher of Judaism and religion in the modern world, with special interests in matters of storytelling, embodied theology, and religious counter-culture. His current research focuses on appropriations of Hasidic sources and spirituality in twentieth-century Jewish thought.

Edited works:

Martin Buber: His Intellectual and Scholarly Legacy (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2018).

The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 25.1 (2017), special issue on Martin Buber, coedited with Paul Mendes-Flohr.

Selected Articles and Essays:

“Martin Buber,” in A New Hasidism: Roots, edited by Arthur Green and Ariel Evan Mayse (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society and University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming 2019).

“‘In Her Love You Will Always Err’: Visions of Religious Praxis in Buber’s Hasidic Tales,” translated into Japanese by Dr. Fumio Ono, Journal of the Kyoto Association of Jewish Thought (forthcoming 2018).

“Sacramental Existence and Embodied Theology in Buber’s Representation of Hasidism,” Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 25.1 (2017): 131-161.

“Jeremiah (Book and Person) in Modern Judaism,” in the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016).

“Michael Fishbane: An Intellectual Portrait,” in Michael Fishbane: Jewish Hermeneutical Theology, Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers, edited by Aaron W. Hughes and Hava Tirosh-Samuelson (Leiden: Brill, 2015), 1-52. 

“Internet Searchers, God Seekers, and Longing for the Unmediated,” Symposia 6 (2014): 20-33.

“Bodily Immediacy and the Body Politic in Buber’s Social Thought,” in “Theocracy” and “Nation” in Jewish Thought: Past and Present, edited by Ada Taggar-Cohen (Kyoto: Doshisha University, 2014), 53-66.

“Temples on Fire: Desert, Dust, and Destruction,” in Playa Dust: Collected Stories from Burning Man, edited by Samantha Krukowski (London: Black Dog Publishing, 2014), 176-183.

“The Two Tablets: On Dissolving Ethical-Theological Dualism in Sacred Attunement,” Journal of Religion 93. 4 (2013): 434-451.

“The Narrow Plank: Rosenzweig and Kierkegaard on the Possibility of Romantic Love,” University of Toronto Journal for Jewish Thought, vol. 3 (2012): 1-30.


  • Sam Berrin Shonkoff Presents

    December 18, 2018

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Religion Sam Berrin Shonkoff presented a paper at the Association for Jewish Studies conference on the topic of interpretations of communal silence in Hasidic mysticism. The conference took place on December 18, 2018 in Boston.

  • Sam Berrin Shonkoff Gives Invited Talk

    October 30, 2018

    Sam Berrin Shonkoff, visiting assistant professor of Jewish studies and religion, gave an invited talk as a part of the symposium A German-Jewish Hermeneutics at Northwestern University.

  • Sam Shonkoff Presents Colloquium

    October 25, 2018

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies Sam Shonkoff was a 2018 Shneer Fellow at University of Colorado, Boulder, from October 22 through 25, 2018. During his fellowship, Shonkoff presented a faculty and staff colloquium "From the Frankfurt Lehrhaus to Havurat Shalom: Fellowship, Renewal, Counterculture" about his archival work with the Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi Papers, which are held at the university.

  • Sam Berrin Shonkoff Publishes

    September 11, 2018

    Visiting Assistant Professor Sam Berrin Shonkoff's edited volume on Martin Buber was published by Brill.