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College of Arts & Sciences
Jewish Studies Program


John R. Mandsager

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jewish Studies Program

 

Phone Number: (650) 533-3022

Email: mandsage@mailbox.sc.edu

Office: Welsh Humanities Office Building 223

Curriculum Vitae: See PDF below

 

Education

PhD, Religious Studies, Stanford University, 2014

MA, Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union, 2005

MA, Religious Studies, Stanford University, 2003

BA, Religious Studies with Honors and Psychology, Stanford University, 2002

Areas of Specialization

  • Rabbinic Judaism
  • Jewish spaces/ Sacred space
  • Religions of Late Antiquity
  • Jewish Literature of Antiquity and Late Antiquity

Recently Taught Courses

  • Jewish History I: From Late Antiquity to 1500
  • Sacred Space
  • St. Paul and the Politics of Religion
  • Introduction to Judaism

Current Research Projects

Presently working on a book on Jewish agricultural spaces from the Bible to the Middle Ages. Beginning a project on imagined spaces in rabbinic literature.

Selected Publications

“To Stake a Claim: The Making of Rabbinic Agricultural Spaces in the Roman Countryside,” PhD Dissertation, Stanford University, 2014

“Travel, the Inn, and Identity in Rabbinic Storytelling,” Symposia: The Graduate Student Journal for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto 3 (2011)

“Yehudah B. Cohn, Tangled Up in Text: Tefillin and the Ancient World, Providence: Brown Judaic Studies, 2008, xi, 141 pp.” Review Article, AJS Review 34:2 (2010)

Recent Presentations

“Landscape Architecture and the Micro-Spaces of the Rabbinic Estate.” Unpublished graduate student “Lightning Round” paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, Boston MA. December 2013.

“Mapping the Rabbinic Estate: Kilayim and the Transformation of the Countryside.” Unpublished paper presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Conference, Baltimore MD. November 2013.

“Building a Fence around the Torah: Fencing and Other Marks of Distinction in Tannaitic Literature.” Unpublished paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, Chicago IL. December 2012.

“Rabbinic Literary Resistance to the Sikarikon.” Unpublished paper presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Pacific Coast Region Conference, Whittier CA. March 2011.

“‘One Time Israel Desired to Send a Present to Caesar’: The Construction of Being Through Speech.” Unpublished paper presented at the American Academy of Religion Western Region Conference, Tempe, AZ. March 2005.

 

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