David Biale

Professor, Department of History

David BialeOffice: 3238 Social Sciences & Humanities 
Phone: (530-752-1640 
E-mail: dbial (at) ucdavis (dot) edu


David Biale was born in Los Angeles in 1949 and educated at Harvard University, UC Berkeley, the Hebrew University and UCLA, where he received his PhD in History. From 1986 to 1999, he served as Koret Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. During the same period he also served as adjunct professor in the Departments of Near Eastern Studies and History at UC Berkeley. In 1999, he was appointed Emanuel Ringelblum Professor of Jewish History in the Department of History of University of California Davis. He has also been visiting professor at UC Santa Cruz, UCLA, Haifa University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lady Davis Foundation ,the National Endowment of the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Resesarch council. Recent Publications: "Blood and Belief: The Circulation of a Symbol Between Jews and Christians" (Univ. of California Press) Editor. "Cultures of the Jews: A New History" (Schocken Books) In progress: "Not in the Heavens: The Lagacy of Secular Jewish Thoughts"

Research Interests

  • Jewish intellectual and cultural history; European intellectual history; history of religion
  • Current Projects:
  • Project Director, A New History of Hasidism
  • Editor, Norton Anthology of World Religions: Judaism
  • Editor-in-Chief, Oxford Bibliographies on Line: Jewish Studies
  • Selected Publications
  • Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought (Princeton University Press, 2010)
  • Blood and Belief: The Circulation of a Symbol Between Jews and Christians" (University of California Press, 2007)
  • Editor, Cultures of the Jews: A New History (Schocken Books, 2002). National Jewish Book Award
  • Eros and the Jews (University of California Press, 1997)
  • Power and Powerlessness in Jewish History (Schocken Books, 1986). National Jewish Book Award
  • Gershom Scholem: Kabbalah and Counter-History (Harvard University Press, 1979). National Jewish Book Award and Gustav Arlt Award
  • Editor (with Robert S. Westman), Thinking Impossibilities: The Intellectual Legacy of Amos Funkenstein (University of Toronto Press, 2008)

Awards and Fellowships

  • UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement
  • National Jewish Book Award (3 times)
  • Gustav Arlt Award for Best Dissertation Turned into a Book
  • Guggenheim Fellowship
  • ACLS Fellowship
  • NEH Fellowship

Courses Taught

HIS 113 Modern Israel