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David Biale

Professor, Department of History

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


Courses Taught
HIS 113 Modern Israel

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


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