Religion and science scholar named Regents' Professor at Arizona State University

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now.

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson was named a Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University, a distinction that only 3% of faculty at the university can claim.

To be awarded, scholars must be full professors with outstanding achievements in their fields and are nationally and internationally recognized by their peers. Tirosh-Samuelson was one of four ASU faculty who were recognized by the Arizona Board of Regents last month.

She is a professor of history in Arizona’s School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies and director of the Center for Jewish Studies. Additionally, she is known for her contributions to the religion and science dialogue and was a previous speaker at the Goshen College Conference on Religion and Science.

A top scholar in contemporary Jewish philosophy, she was elected to the leading venue for the study of religion and science in the US as the Russell Family Fellow in Religion and Science at the Center of Theology and the Natural Sciences in Berkeley. She was also a visiting fellow at Oxford and is the editor-in-chief of the Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers.

“As an historian I study the past, but my knowledge of the past shapes my deep concern about the present and the future,” she said in a statement regarding the Regents’ Professorship. “I engage contemporary science and technology as a humanist who is deeply concerned about the future of humanity in light of our massive ecological crisis, on the one hand, and the profound impact of techno-science on all aspects of life, on the other hand.”

She added that the honor recognizes the importance of the humanities for reflections of the meaning of being human.

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