Michah Gottlieb

Michah Gottlieb is Associate Professor of Jewish Thought. He has a PhD in Philosophy from Indiana University, an MA in Kabbalistic literature from NYU, and a BA in Philosophy from McGill University.

Professor Gottlieb’s research centers on modern Jewish thought from Spinoza to Levinas with a particular focus on German Jewish thought. He’s particularly interested in questions of ethics and politics. Professor Gottlieb has published dozens of articles and several books including: The Jewish Reformation: Bible Translation and Middle-Class German Judaism as Spiritual Enterprise (Oxford University Press, 2021); Faith, Reason and Politics: Essays on the History of Jewish Thought (Academic Studies Press, 2013), and Faith and Freedom: Moses Mendelssohn’s Theological-Political Thought (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Prior to coming to NYU in 2006, Professor Gottlieb taught at Brown University. He has held fellowships at the University of Hamburg, Princeton University, and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His book The Jewish Reformation was awarded the Dorothy Rosenberg Prize in the History of Jewish Diaspora by the American Historical Association.

German Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn (1729–1786) is best known in the English-speaking world for his Jerusalem (1783), the first attempt to present...