Ari Finkelstein

Ari B Finkelstein

Assistant Professor, Judaic Studies

French Hall

3510

A&S Judaic Studies - 0169

Professional Summary

Professor Finkelstein is a historian of Jews and Judaism in the Greco-Roman world. His main research focuses on the use and function of Jews and Judaism in the works of Christians and pagans in Late Antiquity. His current book project, provisionally titled “Emperor Julian and the Jews: the Use of Jews in the Making of a Pagan Empire”, based on his doctoral dissertation, examines how Emperor Julian (361-363) triangulates Jews with Christians and pagans in order to produce a pagan empire and to delegitimize Christianity. He has also written on Pseudo-Philo and Ezekiel the Tragedian. Other academic interests include Greco-Roman history, Greco-Roman thought and law, early Christianity, biblical reception, post-colonial studies, and semiotics.  He also has two law degrees from McGill University.

Research Support

Grant: #OH-R13-086 Investigators:Finkelstein, Aryay 09-01-2013 -08-31-2014 National Endowment for the Humanities Pursuing Justice: Jewish Law in the 21st Century Role:PI $3,000.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #URC Faculty Award 2014-2015 Investigators:Finkelstein, Aryay 01-23-2014 -01-22-2015 UC's University Research Council URC Faculty Award 2014-2015 Role:PI $8,000.00 Active Level:Internal UC

Grant: #QU14-071 Investigators:Finkelstein, Aryay 09-01-2014 -08-31-2015 National Endowment for the Humanities Foodaism: Do Jews Make Food or Does Food Make Jews? Role:PI $3,500.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #URC AHSS Faculty Research stipend FY18 Investigators:Finkelstein, Aryay 05-01-2018 -05-31-2018 UC's University Research Council URC AHSS Faculty Research stipend FY18 Role:PI $16,275.00 Active Level:Internal UC