Jay Michaelson | Academic CV




Ph.D, Jewish Thought, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2013
Dissertation, “I Do Not Look to Heaven, but at What God Does on Earth: Materialism, Sexuality, and Law in Jacob Frank’s Zbior Slow Panskich

Rabbinic Ordination, Non-denominational, Rabbi David Cooper, 2013

M.F.A., Writing, Sarah Lawrence College, 2010

M.A., Comparative Religion, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2001

J.D., Yale Law School, 1997

B.A. Magna Cum Laude, English, Columbia University, 1993


Chicago Theological Seminary, Affiliated Assistant Professor, 2014-present
Taught courses on Religious Liberty and LGBT Equality; Religious Liberty, Civil Rights and Public Policy; Progressive Responses to Anti-LGBTQ Campaigns; and Contemporary Meditation and Buddhist Modernism

Brown University, Visiting Scholar, 2013-14

Harvard Divinity School, Field Education Supervisor, 2012
Supervised student research in LGBT identity and religion

Boston University Law School, Visiting Assistant Professor, 2007-08
Taught Law & Religion and Environmental Ethics
Faculty member, Boston University Jewish Studies program

City College of New York, Adjunct Professor, 2005
Taught undergraduate course in Jewish mysticism

New York University Law School, Golieb Fellow in legal history, 1999-2000

United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, Clerk, Judge Merrick Garland, 1998-’99

Yale University, Instructor, 1996-97
Taught college seminar in Jewish Mysticism
Teaching Assistant, Professor Nicholas Wolterstorff



Academic Articles

Talmudic Transgressions: Engaging the Work of Daniel Boyarin (Review), Reading Religion (June 2019)

“I could see from one end of the world to the other”: Frankist Sexual Antinomianism as Material Mystical Messianism, submission in progress

Queering Martin Buber: Harry Hay’s Erotic Dialogical, Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Vol. 36, No. 3 (Winter 2018), pp. 31-59

Conceptualizing Jewish Antinomianism in the Teachings of Jacob Frank, Modern Judaism — A Journal of Jewish Ideas and Experience (Volume 37, Issue 3, 2017)

The Repersonalization of God: Monism and Theological Polymorphism in Zoharic and Hasidic Imagination, in Imagining the Jewish God (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016)

Homosexuality in Modern Judaism, in The Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (De Gruyter, 2016)

Queer Theology and Social Transformation: Twenty Years after Jesus Acted Up, Theology and Sexuality (Volume 21, Issue 3, 2015)

Hating the Law for Christian Reasons: The Religious Roots of American Antinomianism, in Jews and the Law, Marc Galanter, Victoria Saker Woeste, and Ari Mermelstein, eds. (Quid Pro, 2014)

A Minyan of Masculinities: German and Zionist Constructions of the Jewish Man (review), H-Net Reviews (February, 2015)

Gay Men’s Interpretation of the Bible, in The Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (De Gruyter, 2013)

Kabbalah and Queer Theology: Resources and Reservations, Theology and Sexuality, Volume 18, Number 1 (2012)

Queering Kabbalistic Gender Dimorphism, in Queer Religion, Donald Boisvert and Jay Johnson, eds. (Praeger, 2011)

Chaos, Law, and God: The Religious Meanings of Homosexuality, 15 Mich. J. of Gender & Law 41 (2008)

In Praise of the Pound of Flesh: Legalism, Multiculturalism, and the Problem of the Soul, 6 J. L. Society 98 (2005)

On Listening to the Kulturkampf, or, How America overruled Bowers v. Hardwick, Even though Romer v. Evans Didn’t, 49 Duke L.J. 1559 (2000)

Geoengineering: A Climate Change Manhattan Project, 17 Stan. Envtl Law Journal 73 (1998)

Rethinking Regulatory Reform: Toxics, Politics, Ethics, 105 Yale L.J. 1891 (1996)


The Heresy of Jacob Frank: From Jewish Antinomianism to Esoteric Myth (currently under review)

Enlightenment by Trial and Error: Ten Years on the Slippery Slopes of Jewish Spirituality, Postmodern Buddhism, and Other Mystical Heresies (Ben Yehuda Press, 2019)

Is: Heretical Poems and Blessings (Ben Yehuda Press, 2017)

The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path (Ben Yehuda Press, 2015)

Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment (North Atlantic Books, 2013)

Rethinking Religious Liberty: The Hidden Assault on Civil Rights (Report, Political Research Associates, 2013)

God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality (Beacon, 2011)

Everything is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism (Shambhala, 2009)

God in Your Body: Kabbalah, Mindfulness, and Embodied Spiritual Practice (Jewish Lights, 2007)


Queer Theology and Jewish Hermeneutics
Jewish Theological Seminary, July 2019

Religious Liberty and/or Civil Rights
Religious Studies Lecture, University of Kansas, May 2019

Holy Madness in Comparative Perspective
American Academy of Religion, 2018

What is Masterpiece Cakeshop Really About?
Rutgers Law School, April 2018

Meditation and Toxic Masculinity: Sex, Gender, and Patriarchy in American Buddhism
Smith College, March 2018

Antisemitism and Xenophobia in the Age of Donald Trump
SUNY New Paltz, 2017

Queering Jewish Theology: Boundaries and the Boundless
Castaneda Lecture, Chicago Theological Seminary, 2017

The Antinomianism of Jacob Frank: Between Philosophical Critique and Esoteric Myth
University of Pittsburgh, 2017

Queer Theology and Social Transformation: Points of Contact, Points of Conflict
University of Pittsburgh, 2017

Religious Exemptions: Civil Rights and the Parameters of Liberty
University of Pittsburgh Law School, 2017

Same Sex Marriage as Resistance in an Age of White Supremacy
American Academy of Religion, 2016

Religious Liberty and Civil Rights
University of Central Florida, 2016

Mysticism and Activism
Union Theological Seminary, 2015

The Scholar-Practitioner
American Academy of Religion, 2015

Religious Exemptions: Civil Rights and the Parameters of Liberty
University of Arkansas Law School, 2015

Jesus Acted Up: Twenty Years Later
American Academy of Religion, 2014

Can There Be a Jewish Contemplative Studies?
Int”l Symposium for Contemplative Studies, October 2014

What is the Meaning of Frankist Sexual Antinomianism?
Association for Jewish Studies, 2014

Queer Theology and Social Transformation
Boswell Lecture, Pacific School of Religion, 2014

Religious Refusals: Legal, Political and Ethical Implications
Yale Law School, 2014

Was Frankism the Link Between Kabbalah and Enlightenment?
Association for Jewish Studies, December 2013

Religious Freedom and Equal Treatment: An International Look
Brooklyn Law School, October 2013

Frankism as Skeptical Antinomianism
Association for Jewish Studies, December 2012

The Erotic Dialogical: Harry Hay in the Light of Martin Buber
CUNY, October 2012

Rabbi Professor: Neo-Hasidism as Spiritual Bricolage
Van Leer Institute, June 2012

Homosexuality, Law, and Religion
Michigan Psychological Association, 2012

Queering God, Torah & Israel
Bunis Lecture, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, 2012

Queering Kabbalistic Gender Dimorphism
American Academy of Religion, 2011

Queer Activism & Queer Scholarship
Pacific School of Religion, 2011

God, Gender, and Justice
University of Chicago, 2011

Liminality, Identity, and the “Good Gays”
Vanderbilt University, 2011

Homosexuality and Liminality
Berkeley Graduate Theological Union, 2010

Embodiment in Jewish Spiritual Practice
Academy of Jewish Religion, 2009

Homosexuality, Liminality, and Law
Boston University Law School, 2008

Vedanta & Neo-Hasidism
American Academy of Religion, 2007

Anti-legalism and anti-Judaism
Cardozo Law School, 2006

The New Jewish Culture and the Archair Revival
Lehigh University, 2006

Kabbalah and Eros
Drew University, 2004




Heresy and Antinomianism; LGBTQ Issues and Religion; Religious Liberty and Civil Rights; Queer Theology; Contemporary Spirituality; Buddhist Modernism and Contemporary Meditation; Modern and Postmodern Jewish Theology; Law and Religion; Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah.





New York Society for Professional Journalists Award for best opinion writing, 2011 and 2014

Lambda Literary Award finalist, 2012

Forward 50, list of fifty most prominent American Jews, 2010

Weinig Traveling Fellowship, 1998

Senior Editor, Yale Law Journal, 1997

Olin Fellowship in Law, Economics, and Public Policy, 1997

Ambrose Gherini Prize for best article on international law, Yale Law School, 1997

Israel Peres Prize for best note in Yale Law Journal, 1996

Dorot Fellowship, 1993

James C. Caraley Prize for student activism, Columbia University, 1992