Shira Billet

Shira Billet

David Hartman Center Cohort I

Dr. Shira Billet is a member of the inaugural cohort of North American David Hartman Center Fellows.

Shira is an assistant professor of Jewish Thought and Ethics at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Before joining the faculty at JTS, she served as a postdoctoral associate in the departments of Judaic Studies and Philosophy at Yale University. Her dissertation (Princeton University, 2019) was entitled “The Philosopher as Witness: Hermann Cohen’s Philosophers and the Trials of Wissenschaft des Judentums.”

Shira’s doctoral research was supported by several fellowships, including the Wexner Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Studies, the Leo Baeck Fellowship Program (Germany), the Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship at the University Center for Human Values (Princeton University), and the Religion and Culture Fellowship at the Center for the Study of Religion (Princeton University).

Shira has taught Jewish thought and philosophy of religion at Princeton University, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Fordham University. She has taught rabbinic literature at the Hadar Institute and the Drisha Institute, and modern Jewish history at the Frisch School.