Professor Ken Koltun-Fromm

As a member of the religion department at Haverford College, I teach a wide range of courses in modern Jewish thought and culture, together with material studies in religion.  My research focuses on Jewish conceptions of identity, authority, authenticity, and material conceptions of self.  I have published three books, Moses Hess and Modern Jewish Identity (2001),  Abraham Geiger’s Liberal Judaism: Personal Meaning and Religious Authority (2006), and Material Culture and Jewish Thought in America (2010), and one edited volume, Thinking Jewish Culture in America (2014). My new book, Imagining Jewish Authenticity: Vision and Text in American Jewish Thought, to be published in 2015, explores how American Jewish thinkers deploy visual discourse to make claims about religious authenticity.