Joshua Teplitsky is an assistant professor of history at Stony Brook University. From 2012-2014 he held the Albert and Rachel Lehmann Junior Research Fellowship in Jewish History and Culture at Oxford University. His work focuses on Jewish life in the German-speaking lands of the Holy Roman Empire and Habsburg monarchy in the early modern period (16th–18th centuries) with an emphasis on the city of Prague. He is interested in the interconnections between Jews of disparate locations, as well as the social, cultural, and intellectual exchanges between Jews and Christians. A secondary field of interest is the study of the book as medium of knowledge and material object. His current research project (provisionally titled "Collecting and Power: the Economy of Favors and Jewish Political Culture in Early Modern Europe") uses the movement of Jewish books as commodities and media of exchange in order to examine the operations of credit and reputation in shaping the political culture of Jewish life in early modern Central Europe. He has also developed (with colleagues at Columbia University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Jewish Theological Seminary of a America) a Digital Humanities companion to this project called "Footprints: Jewish books through Time and Place."
Joshua Teplitsky (2016-2017)