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David Biale

David  Biale

Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History

Davis , Ca 95616
Office Phone: (510) 754-1640


  • PhD UCLA (1977)
  • BA and MA UC Berkeley (1971 and 1972)


Research Interests

Jewish intellectual and cultural history; European intellectual history; history of religion

Current Projects:

Project Director, A New History of Hasidism (Princeton University Press)

A biography of Gershom Scholem (Yale University Press)

Editor-in-Chief, Oxford Bibliographies on Line: Jewish Studies

Selected Publications

Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought (Princeton University Press, 2010)

Blood and Belief: The Circulation of a Symbol Between Jews and Christians" (University of California Press, 2007)

Editor, Cultures of the Jews: A New History (Schocken Books, 2002). National Jewish Book Award

Eros and the Jews (University of California Press, 1997)

Power and Powerlessness in Jewish History (Schocken Books, 1986). National Jewish Book Award

Gershom Scholem: Kabbalah and Counter-History (Harvard University Press, 1979). National Jewish Book Award and Gustav Arlt Award

Editor (with Robert S. Westman), Thinking Impossibilities: The Intellectual Legacy of Amos Funkenstein (University of Toronto Press, 2008)

Awards and Fellowships

UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement

National Jewish Book Award (3 times)

Gustav Arlt Award for Best Dissertation Turned into a Book

Guggenheim Fellowship

ACLS Fellowship

NEH Fellowship