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Andrew Berns

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-4216
Office: Gambrell Hall, Room 229
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Department of History
Jewish Studies Program


  • B.A. Reed College
  • MPhil Cambridge University
  • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania


I specialize in the history of the Jews in pre-modern Europe, with a particular focus on the medieval and early modern Mediterranean. My first book, The Bible and Natural Philosophy in Renaissance Italy, was published by Cambridge University Press in November 2014.  It shows how changes in European medicine prompted new readings of the Bible and other classical texts.