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