Samuel Goldman received his Ph.D. in Political Science in 2010. His dissertation, The Shadow of God: Strauss, Jacobi, and the Theologico-Political Problem was awarded the Robert Noxon Toppan Prize for the Best Dissertation on a Subject of Political Science by the Department of Government at Harvard University. Goldman’s research interests include: secularization theories, Enlightenment critiques of religion, and German idealism. His recent work includes an article on Leo Strauss and Claude Lefort and a book chapter on Spinoza and Descartes. Goldman is currently revising his dissertation for publication. In addition to scholarly publications, his writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New Criterion, and Maximumrocknroll.
Alexander Kaye is a Tikvah Post-Doctoral Fellow in Jewish Thought at Princeton University. He received his doctorate from the history department of Columbia University where his dissertation was entitled The Legal Philosophies of Religious Zionism 1937-1967. His research interests include Jewish intellectual history, the history of political thought, legal theory and the relationship between law, religion and politics in Israel. His current research engages with the history of Jewish legal interpretation in the context of modern philosophy and the nation state. He received his BA and M.Phil from the University of Cambridge and rabbinical ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School.
Professor Goldman continues from 2011-2012 as a Tikvah Project 2012-2013 Post-Doctoral Fellow.