Talya Fishman

Associate Professor





Harvard University, Ph.D.  1986
Jewish Theological Seminary of America M.A. 1979
Wesleyan University B.A. 1976


Hebrew, Aramaic

Research Interests:

Medieval Rabbinic Culture in its Islamic and Christian Contexts; Role of the Senses in Premodern Jewish Culture; Formation of Regional Jewish Subcultures in the Middle Ages

Overseas Research Experience:


Representative Awards and Distinctions:

Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2004); Center for Advanced Jewish Studies Fellowship (2003-04); ACLS Fellowship for Independent Scholars (2000-01)

Recent Publications:

Becoming the People of the Talmud: Oral Torah as Written Tradition in Medieval Jewish Cultures, (U of Penn Press, 2011). Winner of the 2011 National Jewish Book Award for Scholarship.

"Guarding Oral Transmission: Within and Between Cultures", Oral Tradition 25/1 (2010) 41-56. 

"Rhineland Pietists' Sacralization of Oral Torah." Jewish Quarterly Review 96 (2006);  9-16.

"Rhineland Pietist Approaches to Prayer and the Textualization of Rabbinic Culture in Medieval Northern Europe." Jewish Studies Quarterly 11 (2004)


Jewish History & Culture of the Medieval & Early Modern Periods (NELC 52/452 = HIST 140)

Introduction to Jewish Mysticism (NELC 186)

The Religious Other in the Lives and Cultures of  Jews, Christians and Muslims (NELC 383)

Spirit and Law (NELC 454)    

Rabbinic Writers on Rabbinic Culture (NELC 486)   

Topics in Medieval Jewish Culture (NELC 583 )