Yaacob Dweck received his PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Princeton. Among other things, he teaches a lecture survey of modern Jewish history.
His dissertation, "The Critique of Kabbalah in Leon Modena's Ari Nohem," traces the redefinition of Kabbalah from its medieval status as esoteric wisdom to a public feature of Jewish life in the early modern period. He has published English translations of modern Hebrew fiction by Haim Sabato and S. Yizhar, is revising his dissertation for publication, and is preparing a new Hebrew edition and English translation of Modena's Ari Nohem. In addition, he has begun a study of Jewish attitudes towards death in early modern Europe.