Shinnar, Shulamit

Core Lecturer

Dr. Shulamit Shinnar is a Lecturer for Literature Humanities in the Department of History and the Center for the Core Curriculum at Columbia University. She holds a PhD in History from Columbia University (2019), a MA with distinction in Rabbinic Literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary (2011), and a BA in Philosophy from Columbia University (2009).

Her research explores ancient Jewish history, with a focus on the production of rabbinic literature in Roman Palestine and Sassanian Babylonian. She engages with methodological questions from the history of science and medicine, medical anthropology, post-colonial theory, the study of gender and sexuality, and disability studies. She is currently working on a monograph examining Jewish medical culture in Late Antiquity, focusing on medicine as a site for social encounter and cultural exchange between different ethnic, religious, and gender identities. Other research projects include the representations of disability in biblical and rabbinic literature and theories of knowledge in late antique Jewish sources.

She has previously taught courses at both Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary and is the recipient of the Presidential Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor at Columbia University.  


Literature Humanities I: Homer and the Hebrew Bible to Ovid
Literature Humanities II: New Testament to Toni Morrison


Ph.D. - Columbia University, 2019
MPhil - Columbia University, 2015
MA - Columbia University, 2014
M.A. - Jewish Theological Seminary, 2011
B.A. - Columbia University, 2009


Recent Awards:
Book Manuscript selected for ReMedHe (Religion, Medicine, Disability, and Health in Late Antiquity) First Book Workshop, 2020
Current Nominee for Salo Baron Dissertation Prize in Jewish Studies, Columbia University, 2019
Presidential Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student, Columbia University, 2019
Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies Excellence Award, Columbia University, 2017
Recent Fellowships:

Preceptor for Literature Humanities, Columbia University Core Curriculum.  2017 – 2019      

Short-Term Fellow at the “Episteme in Motion” Collaborative Research Center (SFB 980), Freie Universität, Berlin, 2017
Bernard and Muriel Bloom Fellowship in Jewish History, Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University, 2015–2016, 2017–2019
Morton Smith Fellowship for the Study of Religion in the Greco-Roman World,  Morton Smith Trust, Columbia University, 2014 – 2015   
Louise Hoffman Memorial Fellowship in Jewish Studies, Institute for Israel and  Jewish Studies, Columbia University, 2013–2014, 2016–2017
Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Law and Interdisciplinary Studies, Yeshiva University Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law,  2013 – 2015  
Richard Hofstadter Multi-Year Fellowship in the Department of History, Columbia University,  2012  – 2017