St. Olaf College
Ruth Meltzer Fellowship

Research Topic

Deontology and Virtue Ethics in Halakhah


Sarah Zager is a scholar of ethics and modern Jewish thought. Her areas of research include religious studies, philosophy, and women’s and gender studies. At the Katz Center, she will examine how Jewish philosophy offers its own substantive contribution to ethical theory.

Zager received her PhD from Yale University with a dissertation titled “‘I Will Sing of Love and Justice’: Jewish Responses to the Theological Roots of Contemporary Virtue Ethics.” She has taught at Williams College, Yale Divinity School, Yale College, and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Selected publications

  • “Toggling: How Shifts between Deontology and Virtue Ethics Undermine Public Moral Discourse and about Gender and Race,” Hypatia (Forthcoming)
  • “Beyond Form and Content: Using Jewish Ethical Responses to #MeToo as a Resource for Methodology,” Journal of Textual Reasoning 11.1 (2020)



Studying law between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries, an age of transition from a world of empires to the modern age of the nation-state and international law.