Stony Brook University, SUNYsara-lipton

Sara Lipton is a Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  She earned a B.A. in Medieval Studies from Barnard College in 1984, an M.A. in Medieval Studies from Yale University in 1985, and a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University in 1991.  She is the author of Images of Intolerance: The Representation of Jews and Judaism in the Bible moralisée (University of California Press, 1999), which was awarded the John Nicholas Brown Prize for Best First Book by the Medieval Academy of America, and, most recently Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography (Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books, 2014), which won the Association for Jewish Studies’ Jordan Schnitzer Book Award, as well as numerous scholarly articles on Jewish-Christian Relations, Christian devotional practice, and approaches to Otherness in the Middle Ages.  Lipton’s writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Review of Books, and The Huffington Post.  She has held fellowships from the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Howard Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Oxford University, and has been a visiting scholar at Tel Aviv University and Oxford University.  Current projects include an article examining the representation of circumcision in Christian thought and a book that asks: “When medieval people looked at art, what were they supposed to see?”

Lecture Topics: 

  • Jewish-Christian Relations in the High Middle Ages
  • Medieval Antisemitism
  • Jews in Christian Art
  • Rhetoric and Violence: Connections and Effects
  • Jews and Crusaders