Professor Zank is an expert in German Jewish intellectual history. He has translated and edited writings by political philosopher Leo Strauss and written on the neo-Kantian philosopher Hermann Cohen. He has also worked on Martin Buber’s contribution to the study of religion and contributed to the study of Franz Rosenzweig. He is a contributing editor of the Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy. Professor Zank blogs on Jerusalem-related matters and is a native of Germany, where he studied Christian and Jewish theology. He spent two years in Israel before moving to the U.S. In 1994, he received a PhD in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. He currently serves as the Acting Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Religion Department.
As Acting Director for the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies, Professor Zank arranged for comedienne Sarah Silverman and her sister, Rabbi Susan Silverman (CAS’85), to discuss their “Jewy-ness.”