Natalie B. Dohrmann

Adjunct Associate Professor of Religious StudiesCoeditor, the Jewish Quarterly ReviewAssociate Director, Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

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Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies


Natalie Dohrmann’s specialization is rabbinic Judaism, with a special interest in ancient Jewish law and its Greco-Roman context. She joined the adjunct faculty at Penn as a member of the Department of Religious Studies. Dohrmann had been an Assistant Professor of Judaism at North Carolina State University, and is currently the Associate Director of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and a Coeditor of the Jewish Quarterly Review.


Ph.D. University of Chicago, History of Judaism, 1999

M.A. St. John's College, Liberal Arts, 1990

B.A. Princeton University, Religious Studies, 1987

Research Areas
Rabbinic Judaism
Jewish and Roman Law
Jews and Judaism in Late Antiquity
Courses Taught

RELS 120: Jewish Civilization I: Jews and Judaism in Antiquity
RELS 129: Re-Writing the Bible: Notions of Canon, Interpretation, and the Bible in Early Judaism
RELS 123: Introduction to Judaism

Selected Publications

“Pax Tannaitica,” Jewish Quarterly Review 112.4 (2022).

Ad similitudinem arbitrorum: On the Perils of Commensurability and Comparison in Roman and Rabbinic Law,” in Legal Engagement: The Reception of Roman Law and Tribunals by Jews and Other Inhabitants of the Empire. Edited by Katell Berthelot, Natalie Dohrmann, and Capucine Nemo-Pekelman. Rome, 2021.

“Can ‘Law’ Be Private? The Mixed Message of Rabbinic Oral Law.” In Public and Private in Ancient Mediterranean Law and Religion, edited by Clifford Ando and Jörg Rüpke. Religionsgeschichtliche Versuche und Vorarbeiten 65. Berlin, 2015.

“Jewish Books and Roman Readers: Censorship, Authorship, and the Rabbinic Library,” in Regarding Roman Power: Imperial Rule in the Eyes of Greeks and Romans, Jews and Christians, and Others, edited by Katell Berthelot. Rome, 2020.

“Not There: Empire, Intertextuality, and Absence,” in Literature and Culture in the Roman Empire, 96–235 ce: Cross-Cultural Interactions, edited by Alice König, James Uden, and Rebecca Langlands. 354–355. Cambridge, 2020.

Jews, Christians, and the Roman Empire: The Poetics of Power in Late Antiquity. Natalie B Dohrmann and Annette Yoshiko Reed, editors. Jewish Culture and Contexts. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013.

Jewish Biblical Interpretation and Cultural Exchange: Comparative Exegesis in Context. Natalie B. Dohrmann and David Stern, editors. Jewish Culture and Contexts. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.