- Modern Jewish thought
- Jewish mysticism
Brian entered the doctoral program in religious studies in Fall 2014, and is also working towards a doctoral minor in Jewish studies. Before coming to Indiana, Brian graduated from the University of Chicago College in Spring 2011 with an honors thesis in analytic philosophy of language. In college Brian studied abroad in Jerusalem in Spring 2010, after which he completed a summer internship at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute during which he wrote a paper on women and teffilin. After college Brian earned an MA in Divinity from the University of Chicago Divinity School specializing in the History of Judaism. At present Brian’s primary interests are (1) Medieval and Modern Jewish thought, focusing on the Mithnagdim and the Haskalah; (2) Lurianic Kabbalah and Early Hasidism; and (3) Critiques of religion in modern philosophy.