University of Connecticut at Storrsjeffrey-shoulson

Jeffrey Shoulson holds the Doris and Simon Konover Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Connecticut, where he also serves as director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, Professor of Literatures, Cultures and Languages and Professor of English.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge and PhD from Yale University.  His scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in the medieval and early-modern periods, especially the ways in which Jews and Judaism are represented within Christian writings and Christianity influences or is thematized in Jewish writings.  His books include Milton and the Rabbis:  Hebraism, Hellenism, and Christianity (Columbia UP, 2001), which was awarded the American Academy of Jewish Research’s Salon Baron Prize; Hebraica Veritas?  Christian Hebraists, Jews, and the Study of Judaism in Early Modern Europe, with Allison P. Coudert (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004); and Fictions of Conversion:  Jews, Christians, and Cultures of Change in Early Modern England  (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013).

Lecture Topics: 

  • Shakespeare and Shylock
  • Prayer for the Government: Jews and Citizenship
  • How Jews and Christian Translate the Bible, and Why Those Differences Matter
  • Not Your Hebrew School Bible: Sex, Lies, and Love in the Torah