Benjamin Steele-Fisher


Position Title
Phd Candidate in the Study of Religion

Sproul 907

Adviser(s): David Biale

Education and Degree(s):

  • M.A., Religious Studies, University of Denver
  • B.A., Theology, Colorado Christian University

Research Interest(s):

  • Modern Jewish thought
  • Jewish-Christian relations
  • Secularization
  • European intellectual history
  • Critical theory

Teaching Experience:

  • RST 23: Introduction to Judaism
  • RST 33: Magic and Demons
  • RST 1H: Sex, Marriage, Divorce
  • RST 12: Abrahamic Religions
  • RST 60: Introduction to Islam
  • RST 1G: Myth, Ritual, Symbol
  • RST 1B: Death and Afterlife
  • RST 45: Christianity


Benjamin R. Fisher is a PhD candidate in the study of religion with a designated emphasis in critical theory at the University of California, Davis. His main research areas broadly are modern Jewish thought, Jewish-Christian relations, and European intellectual history. His dissertation, entitled The Critique of Myth in German-Jewish Thought, chronicles the rejection of “myth” in nineteenth and twentieth century German-Jewish thought among thinkers such as Heymann Steinthal, Hermann Cohen, Sigmund Freud, Erich Auerbach, Theodor Adorno, and Ernst Cassirer. This is set within the context of  German Romanticism, Liberal Protestantism, philology, comparative religion, and esotericism as well as the history of Jewish-Christian relations and prior iterations of Jewish rationalism. He holds a MA in religious studies with a concentration in philosophy of religion from the University of Denver and a BA in theology from Colorado Christian University. Prior to UC Davis he worked as a research and teaching assistant in philosophy at the University of Denver. He has also published pieces in Critical Research on Religion and Studies in Religion as well as given papers at annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion.

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