Daniel May

Daniel May


Daniel May is a fifth year graduate student in the Religion, Ethics, and Politics subfield of the Department of Religion. His research interests include political ethics, modern Jewish thought, democratic theory, nationalism, and 20th century intellectual history. His dissertation explores the emergence of tragic conceptions of politics in post-War Jewish political thought, as Jewish thinkers turned to pluralism, particularity, and realism as they recast the political mission of Jews and Judaism for a world unmade by genocide and mass murder. It engages with the work of Jewish thinkers in the post-War period that sought to reconcile Jewish nationalism and liberalism, as the genocide in Europe seemed to demonstrate the necessity of both projects as well as the fragile relationship between the two. Prior to arriving at Princeton, May worked for many years as a community organizer in Los Angeles and New York City. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Pomona College, and holds a Masters in Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School.