Queens College of the City University of New YorkHeilman, Sam
Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Samuel Heilman holds the Harold Proshansky Chair in Jewish Studies at the Graduate Center and is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College of the City University of New York. In 2007-2008, he was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Jerusalem. In fall 2008, he was selected as a Fulbright Senior Specialist and sent to the People’s Republic of China where he lectured at Nanjing, Henan, and Shanghai Universities. He has also been Scheinbrun Visiting Professor of Sociology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, visiting professor of social anthropology at Tel Aviv University, and a Fulbright visiting professor at the Universities of New South Wales and Melbourne in Australia. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, U.C.L. A., Rutgers University, Harvard University, the University of Maryland, Carelton College, Sydney University, Spertus College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Brandeis University, among others. He has been a guest lecturer at Chonnam University in Gwangju, South Korea. He has given the Rosen Lecture at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, the Michaelson Lecture at the University of California at Santa Barbara (2008) and the Stroum Lectures at the University of Washington (1993). Most recently (2012) he was guest lecturer at Monash University and Sydney University in Australia. He is a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines, most recently in Moment Magazine on the subject of Messiansim Receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, he wrote his thesis under the direction of Erving Goffman, about whom he was recently interviewed.

Read More >


  • Mullahs and Rabbis: Similarities and Differences
  • Shas: A New Israeli Party
  • American Orthodoxy: Sliding to the Right?
  • Jews and the Presidential Elections
  • Jewish Studies in China
  • Lubavitchers, the Mission and the Rebbe
  • How Did Fundamentalism Infiltrate Modern Orthodoxy?
  • The Future of American Judaism
  • Religious Fundamentalism
  • Israel and the Peace Process
  • Jerusalem: Whose Is It?
  • Hastening the Messiah: Jewish Messianism Today
  • Hasidism in America
  • When A Jew Dies: The Ethnography of Jewish Death
  • The Writing on the Wall: Jewish Brooklyn and Queens as seen in Posters