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Rebecca Epstein-Levi

Rebecca J. Epstein-Levi is an assistant professor of Jewish Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Vanderbilt University. She’s an expert on Jewish sexual ethics, and her first book, When We Collide: Sex, Social Risk, and Jewish Ethics is forthcoming from Indiana University Press in March 2023. She has written for Bitch MediaThe RevealerDisability ActsAlmaReligion DispatchesFeminist Studies in Religionthe Jewish Theological Seminary’s newsletter GleaningsStyleWise Blog, and State of Formation. In her copious free time, she enjoys cooking unnecessarily complicated meals and sharpening her overly large collection of kitchen knives. You can follow her on Twitter @RJELevi, where she spends half her time tweeting about her work and the other half of her time split between tweeting about neurodivergence, her cats, Faintly Macabre and Chroma the Great, food, and screaming into the void.



Official responses to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have encouraged us to understand risk in individual terms. They’re wrong: risk is all about interdependence.

The Rupture of Desire: An Interview with China Miéville

The following is a small portion of a longer interview with China Miéville in the journal Political Theology.

Pussy Riot and the Church

This piece is from the Political Theology Network archives originally posted on August 23, 2012.

In Memoriam:                                                                      Metropolitan John D. Zizioulas and the Journey of Theology Toward the Future

The prominent Eastern Orthodox theologian Metropolitan John D. Zizioulas of Pergamon (Ecumenical Patriarchate) passed in Athens, on February 2, 2023.


From Myanmar to Mariupol, from the streets of Memphis to the waves and winds of the Mediterranean Sea: resistance to violence takes many forms. So does political protest against precarity. At which point does the unavoidable vulnerability of the living condition come to expression as political agency? Can such precarious politics constitute or configure an alternative community?