Ph.D., Princeton Univ. (1993)
M.A., Jewish Theological Seminary (1986)
A.B., Princeton Univ. (1983)
Professor Elukin teaches courses in medieval history, Jewish studies, historiography, and the history of the book. He is particularly interested in Jewish-Christian relations, the evolution of the Bible, the technological development of books, philosophies of history, and various aspects of medieval society, including the Crusades, chivalry, English law and government, and the meaning of the Middle Ages for contemporary culture. His current scholarly research is on how Christian culture has appropriated and repurposed various aspects of Judaism to serve as proxies for the expression of Christian cultural themes. He seeks to engage students in a dialogue about strategies to recover the lived experience of the past and to see how the events of the pre-modern world still shape our lives. He challenges students to become historically minded people through the close reading and interpretation of primary sources. He emphasizes the centrality of critical thinking and writing in a liberal arts education.