Sarah Hammerschlag is a scholar of modern Jewish thought and continental philosophy. Her research thus far has focused on the position of Judaism in the post–World War II French intellectual scene, a field that puts her at the crossroads of numerous disciplines and scholarly approaches, including philosophy, literary studies, and intellectual history. She is the author of The Figural Jew: Politics and Identity in Postwar French Thought (University of Chicago Press, 2010), which received an honorable mention for the 2012 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award given by the Association of Jewish Scholars and was a finalist for the Best First Book in the History of Religions in 2011.
Hammerschlag’s essays on Jacques Derrida, Emmanuel Levinas, and Maurice Blanchot have appeared in Critical Inquiry, Jewish Quarterly Review, and Shofar, among other publications. She is currently working on two manuscripts, one entitled “Sowers and Sages: The Renaissance of Judaism in Postwar Paris” and another on Levinas, Derrida, and literature. She is also editing an anthology for Brandeis University Press on 20th-century French Jewish writing.
Hammerschlag earned an AM in religious studies and a PhD in philosophy of religions from the University of Chicago. She was previously a member of the faculty at Williams College.
Hammerschlag joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2013.