Alexandra Cuffel, Prof. Dr.
Professor of Jewish Religion in Past and Present Times, Center for Religious Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Room: FNO 01/185
Tel: +40 (0)234 - 32-22336
Areas of Research
Jewish, Christian, Muslim relations in the Middle Ages
Alexandra Cuffel is professor of Jewish Religion in Past and Present Times at the Center for Religious Studies, Ruhr University Bochum. Until 2012 she has been Adjunct Professor of History at the College of New Jersey and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary, NYC. From 2004 to 2008 she was Assistant Professor of pre-modern World History at Macalester College. Prior to that she was Assistant Professor of Medieval History at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Visiting Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She received several fellowships, among them a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies in 2007, the Women’s Studies in Religion Fellowship from Harvard Divinity School in 2006, and a fellowship from the Dorot Foundation at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1996.
Her research focuses on relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims during the Middle Ages, specifically on the intersections of religious polemic, medical theories and gender both in Western Europe and the Middle East. Further research interests are shared saints’ cults and festivals in the medieval and early modern Mediterranean and "racial" attitudes in the Middle Ages. She is currently working on a monograph on shared saints and festivals among Jews, Christians and Muslims in the medieval Mediterranean, and, in conjunction with Prof. Dr. Adam Knobler a study of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim imaginings about the ten lost tribes in conjunction with the development of expectations of the Messiah and an anti-Messiah from the early Middle Ages to the nineteenth century.
- Ph.D., Medieval History, New York University, New York City, New York, USA, 2002
- M.Phil., Medieval History, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1990
- B.A., Medieval Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, 1988
Duration: May 2011 - April 2012
Project: Jewish Warriors in Distant Lands: Imagining the Ten Lost Tribes in the medieval and early modern periods