Susan Marks

Professor of Religion and Judaic Studies; Klingenstein Professorship - Environmental Studies - Gender Studies - Humanities - Interdisciplinary Programs - Religion - Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

Susan Marks
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Professor of Judaic Studies
Klingenstein Chair

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Rabbinic Ordination, M.A., Hebrew Union College/Jewish Institute of Religion
B.A., Reed College

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In addition to teaching varieties of Jewish practice and scriptural interpretation, Professor Marks offers courses in theoretical aspects of religion. She encourages students to challenge preconceptions and instead seek evidence for given religious movements within particular historical moments. Her own research explores weddings and other practices of early Judaisms and early Christianities through traces left in textual and material sources.

Recent Courses
Judaism and Ecology
Jewish Mysticism
Jewish Scriptures
Women and Religion
Ritual Theory


First Came Marriage: The Rabbinic Appropriation of Early Jewish Wedding Ritual. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2013.

“History vs. Ritual in Time and End-time: The Case of Early Rabbinic Weddings in Light of Catherine Bell.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 79.3 (2011) 587-613.

“Follow that Crown: Rhetoric, Rabbis, and Women Patrons.” The Journal for Feminist Studies in Religion 24.2 (2008) 77-96.

“Women in Early Judaism: Twenty-five Years of Research and Reenvisioning.” Currents in Biblical Research 6.2 (2008) 290-320.