Visiting Lecturer in Jewish Studies
Primary Academic Program: Religion
Biography:Daniel May’s research and teaching interests include modern Jewish thought, political theory, nationalism, philosophy of religion, ethics, Western intellectual history, and social movement theory and history. He has served as a visiting instructor at Hebrew Union College and Haverford College, and as an instructor with the Prison Education Initiative at Rikers Island in New York City. Professional experience also includes serving as Organizing Fellow, Colombe Foundation; director, J Street U; national director, political and community organizing, Campaign to Improve Assisted Living, Service Employees International Union; and senior organizer, One-LA, Industrial Areas Foundation, among other positions. He recently published the peer-reviewed article “The Politics of Friendship: Hannah Arendt and the Organizing of the Industrial Areas Foundations,” The Good Society: A Journal of Civic Studies (2019); selected journalism includes “Does the Peace Movement Have a Future?”, The Nation (2017); “The Problem Isn’t Black Lives Matter, It’s the Occupation,” Tablet (2017); “Democratic Activists Are Now Marked as Israel’s New Traitors,” Haaretz (2016); and “What Would George Orwell Say about Gaza War?”, The Forward (2014). May is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Association of Jewish Studies, and World Congress of Jewish Studies.
AB, Pomona College; MTS, Harvard Divinity School; MA, PhD, Princeton University. At Bard since 2020.