Joseph Ringel Postdoctoral Fellow in Israel Studies

Joseph Ringel (Ph.D, Brandeis University, 2011) is a postdoctoral fellow and visiting assistant professor of Israel studies at Northwestern University, and previously taught in the Israel Studies and Jewish studies programs at the University of Maryland, and at the Jewish studies program at Drew University's Department of Religious Studies. Most recently, Prof Ringel completed a research project on religious Zionist education in Israel as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Haifa. Ringel received his PhD from the Dept. of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University in August of 2011. His dissertation, entitled The Sephardic Rabbinate, Sephardic Yeshivot, and the Shas Educational System, deals with the reconstruction of Sephardic identity in Sephardic religious schools that service Jews of Middle Eastern origin in the State of Israel. His articles have appeared in publications ranging from Israel Studies to The Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, and he is currently working on a book manuscript on the social-intellectual history of Sephardic religious culture in Israel. Prof. Ringel’s academic interests include the Jewish communities and other religious minorities in the lands of Islam, rabbinic and Islamic responses to modernity, the experience of religious and ethnic minorities in the state of Israel, and the relationship between religion and state in the Middle East.