Dr. Vadim Putzu


Religious Studies

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Religious Studies
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • Ph.D., 2015, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
  • M.A., 2005, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)


  • Judaism
  • Jewish philosophy
  • Jewish mysticism
  • Hebrew Bible
  • Science fiction and religion
  • World religions

Research and professional interests

My primary field of research is Jewish mysticism and the Kabbalah.  Other research interests include philosophy (Jewish and general), medieval and early modern Jewish history, and science fiction and religion.  I have published in books and journals, predominantly articles about medieval Jewish sages and Jewish mysticism, as well as presented at conferences in the U.S. and Italy.

Awards and honors

  • Memorial Foundation for Jewish Cultural Doctoral Scholarship Grant, 2010-2011
  • Targum Shlishi Dissertation Grant, 2010
  • Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholarship: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2009
  • Hebrew Union College Presidential Fellowship: HUC-JIR, 2009