Visiting Lecturer, Bard Berlin Program
Aaron Tugendhaft studies the interplay of religion, politics, and the arts, particularly in the ancient Middle East. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University in 2012 and also holds degrees in Art History and Social Thought from the University of Chicago. Before joining the Society of Fellows, Aaron was a postdoctoral fellow in the Graduate School for Ancient Studies at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, where he also taught in the Institute for Assyriology and Hittitology. Before that he was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. He is the editor, with Josh Ellenbogen, of the volume Idol Anxiety (Stanford 2011) and the author of articles on topics ranging from Bronze Age deities to modernist aesthetics. In 2013, he received the Jonas Greenfield Prize for Younger Semitists from the American Oriental Society.