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  • Steven Weinberg
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Steven Weinberg joined the department in Fall 2017 as an Excellence Fellow.

Steve is the recipient of a DAAD German Studies Research Grant for summer 2020. In addition, he has been selected to attend the Harvard World Literature Conference in Belgrade in 2020 as part of the Rutgers cohort. Before coming to Rutgers, Steve spent three years living in Be’er Sheva, Israel, where he completed an M.A. in Literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His M.A. Thesis is on Franz Kafka’s novel Der Prozess and its connection to a crisis in jurisprudence occurring in Central Europe at the turn of the twentieth century. His research interests are Kafka, German-Jewish studies, law, humor, and Nietzsche.

Steve received a J.D. from Temple University in 2012 and spent two years practicing law in an insurance defense firm in Philadelphia. His B.A. is from Carnegie Mellon University in English and in History.

Steve is also the creator of the weekly podcast The Schrift, which combines Jewish Studies, German Literature, and Meditation and Yoga to analyze the weekly parsha from the Torah. You can listen to the Schrift on Spotify or on Apple Podcasts.


Recipient of the Deborah S. and Herbert B. Wasserman Jewish Studies Research Award (Spring 2021)

Harold and Bety Pearl Award for Research in Jewish Studies (2020)

Scholarship to attend Harvard World Literature Conference in Belgrade 2020.

Recipient of DAAD German Studies Research Grant (Summer 2020).

Presenter at University of North Carolina - Wilmington: “No Respect: Jewish Humor around the World” - February 29 - March 02, 2020.

Lecturer at Eshkolot: A Taste of Ideas, in Moscow, December 22, 2019 on Kafka, Jewish Humor, and Silent Film.

Lecturer at the Literaturhaus in Berlin, May 2019, on the topic "Transcending Slapstick: How Kafka Metamorphosed the Gesture in Yiddish Theater".

Lecturer at Harvard University's "Germanic Circle Lecture Series" on Midrashic Interpretations of Thomas Mann's Josef und seine Brüder, April 2018.

Recipient, Rutgers Jewish Studies Award, Summer 2018.