Assistant Professor of German
Ph.D., Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania
B-263 Wells Hall
Matthew Handelman is an Assistant Professor of German and a member of the Core Faculty in the Digital Humanities Specialization at MSU. His research interests include German-Jewish literature and philosophy in the early twentieth century, the intersections of science, mathematics and culture in German-speaking countries, as well as the digital humanities and the history of technology. Matthew has published on these topics in international journals such as Scientia Poetica and The Leo Baeck Yearbook. Currently, he is working on two major projects. The first is a book on the link between mathematics and Enlightenment in German-Jewish intellectual history, focusing on the writings of Gershom Scholem, Franz Rosenzweig, and Siegfried Kracauer. The second is a collaborative digital project with scholars in Israel and Germany - together they are working to design and build a social edition of Franz Rosenzweig's Star of Redemption. Matthew received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in German literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the present. During his graduate work, he was a fellow at the Leo Baeck Institute in London, the DAAD, and the Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach am Neckar. He received his B.A. from Hamilton College with a dual major in mathematics and German literature.