Dr. Sharon Koren has been promoted to Associate Professor of Medieval Jewish Culture at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York as of July 2, 2011.
In announcing Dr. Koren’s promotion, Dr. Michael Marmur, Vice President for Academic Affairs, stated, “Dr. Koren is a versatile scholar and devoted teacher who has done much to promote the study of the Medieval Jewish experience and the Jewish esoteric tradition at the College-Institute. As an expert in kabbalah and gender studies who brings the perspective of modern Orthodox Judaism, she has created a unique place for herself on our pluralistic faculty.”
Dr. Koren has been associated with the HUC-JIR faculty since 2001. She received her Ph.D. (1999) and M.A. (1991) from Yale University and was the recipient of numerous prizes, fellowships, and grants. Her book The Menstruant in Medieval Jewish Mysticism (Brandeis University Press) is in press, and she is currently researching for a book on the Matriarchs in the Zohar. Her articles have appeared in The Torah: A Women’s Commentary, Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish History, Religion, and Culture, Encyclopedia Judaica, My People’s Prayer Book Volume 8: Kabbalat Shabbat, and Women and Water: Menstruation in Jewish Life and Law, as well as in academic journals, including Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies, AJS Review, and Lishmah: A Jewish Scholarship Quarterly. Dr. Koren has presented at major academic conferences and has been an academic consultant for an NEH-funded television series relating to the subjects of mysticism and monotheism.