Eugene R. Sheppard

Eugene R. SheppardAssociate Professor of Modern Jewish History and Thought


  • University of California, Los Angeles, PhD

  • University of California, Los Angeles, MA

  • Occidental College, BA


Eugene R. Sheppard is Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History and Thought, Director of the History of Ideas program, Associate Director of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry, and associate editor of the Tauber Institute Series with Brandeis University Press. His areas of expertise include Modern European Jewish Intellectual History, History of Jewish Nationalism and Zionism, and Modern European Intellectual History and the History of Continental Philosophy. Most recently he has taught World Without God: Theories of Secularization; and Modern Jewish Philosophy.

Selected Publications

He is the author of Leo Strauss and the Politics of Exile: The Making of a Political Philosopher (Brandeis University Press 2007). He recently co-edited (with ChaeRan Y. Freeze and Sylvia Fuks Fried) The Individual in History: Essays in Honor of Jehuda Reinharz (Brandeis University Press 2015). Professor Sheppard is currently writing a book that explores the ways in which pre-modern Jewish persecution and catastrophe were understood and represented by a variety of German and German Jewish figures from 1933–1947. He is also at work on another book which looks to how German Jewish academics grappled with issues of political loyalty and dissent from the interwar to the cold war. He and Samuel Moyn (Harvard University) are managing editors of the multi-volume "Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought" on Brandeis University Press/UPNE.