University of MichiganR. Neis

R. Neis is an associate professor at the University of Michigan. Jointly appointed in the Department of History and the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, she also serves as core faculty for the Interdepartmental Program in Greek and Roman History. Neis holds the Jean and Samuel Frankel Chair in Rabbinic literature.

Neis holds a law degree from the London School of Economics, a Masters Degree from Boston University in religion, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Jewish Studies. Neis has interests in ancient law, the body and the senses in ancient religion, and Jewish visual culture. Neis is the author of The Sense of Sight in Rabbinic Culture: Jewish Ways of Seeing in Late Antiquity (Cambridge, 2013) and is currently working on a book about ancient rabbinic “biology.

Lecture Topics: 

  • Humans, Animals, and Hybrids in Rabbinic Literature
  • Rabbis and Idols
  • Rabbis as Icons
  • Rabbinic Sexuality
  • A Jewish History of the Senses
  • Rabbis as Holy Men
  • Praying with the Body
  • Seeing God in Antiquity
  • Jewish Visual Art and Culture