Associate Director, Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies
Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Classical Jewish Civilization
405 Fayerweather Hall
Seth Schwartz (BA, Classics, Yeshiva University, 1979; PhD, History, Columbia, 1985) is a political, social and cultural historian of the Jews who specializes in the period between Alexander the Great and the rise of Islam, and has become especially interested in the anthropological and social theoretical aspects of his field. Before returning to Columbia in 2009 he taught for fourteen years at the Jewish Theological Seminary after having been a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and a senior research fellow at King’s College, Cambridge. In 1999/2000 he was a Guggenheim Fellow and in 2006/7 a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He is co-author, with Roger Bagnall, Alan Cameron and Klaas Worp of "Consuls of the Later Roman Empire" (Atlanta, 1987), and author of "Josephus and Judaean Politics" (Leiden, 1990) and "Imperialism and Jewish Society, 200 BCE to 640 CE" (Princeton, 2001). His next book, "Were the Jews a Mediterranean Society? Reciprocity and Solidarity in Ancient Judaism" (Princeton), is scheduled to appear in autumn, 2009.