How to be successful on the academic job market

Now that the new academic year has arrived, many Ph.D. students will be going on the job market for the first time.…


Emerging Principles of a Theology of Shalom

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council declaration, Nostra Aetate, Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia commissioned sculptor Joshua Koffman to create an original artwork called “Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time” for the plaza outside the campus chapel.…


The ancient history and heritage of the Mosul region: an A–Z, Part II

July 2017 marked the official liberation of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, after more than three years of horrifying occupation by ISIS/Da’esh.…


Pox populi: Study calculates 18th century syphilis rates for first time

The unlikely coincidence of a local hospital record and a census led by a pioneering physician has enabled the first study charting rates of venereal disease in 18th century England, revealing high infection levels in the city of Chester at this time.


Maimonides on Perfecting Perfection

What does one do after one has reached apprehension of God? According to Maimonides in his Guide of the Perplexed, there is indeed more to be done.…


Wissen und Lomdus: Idealism, Modernity, and History in some Nineteenth-Century Rabbinic and Philosophical responses to the Wissenschaft des Judentums

This article examines the parallel strategies taken by Hermann Cohen (1842–1918) and contemporaries in the Eastern European Lithuanian Talmudic academies to develop modernizing interpretations of Jewish text, tradition, and law.…


Q&A with Adriane Lentz-Smith: Meet the Editorial Board for Modern American History

For the latest entry of our blog series introducing the board members of the new Cambridge University Press journal, Modern American History, Adriane Lentz-Smith shares how she came to study history and discusses how historians can reach a wider public.…


Typewriters, Slogans, and Sewing Machines—From SFO to Seoul and Back with the Journal of Asian Studies on My Mind

As Editor of the Journal of Asian Studies, as I prepare to go to the AAS Annual Conference (when our editorial board meets) or AAS-in-ASIA (where I hold “meet-the-editor” sessions), I spend some time thinking about the articles we have published recently and have in the pipeline.…