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Scott Korb

Scott Korb

Part-time Faculty
B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1997
M.A., Union Theological Seminary, 2000
M.A., Columbia University, 2002

Scott Korb is a writer and editor whose interests range from religious belief and its popular expressions, to food and culture, to studies of race and gender within a 19th-century American context. Korb has published essays in The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Gastronomica, among others. He's the author of Life in Year One, a popular history of first-century Palestine, published by Riverhead in 2010. He's also the coauthor, with Peter Bebergal, of The Faith Between Us (Bloomsbury, 2007), a series of personal essays that explores the possibility of living faithfully without belief, while nevertheless considering the meaning of God. Korb is also associate editor of the Harriet Jacobs Family Papers (UNC Press, 2008), the first and possibly only papers collection that will ever exist of a woman held in slavery. His current work, Light without Fire: The Making of America's First Muslim College, is forthcoming in April 2013 from Beacon Press. He's also currently editing a collection of essays called Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy (Continuum).


Professor Scott Korb, along with Gregory Erickson, organized the David Foster Wallace and Ethics conference at Gallatin, held in April 2015.

His essay "Our Common Trouble: In Search of Forgiveness in Florida" was published in Harper's Magazine in June 2015. His “Forced Feeding: The Torture of Keeping Detainees Alive” appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review's spring 2015 issue.

Professor Korb served as a panelist at the NYU's school of Journalism's event Reporting Pain in February 2015.

Professor Korb published “Faces of Faith” LA Review of Books (April 21, 2014); “Anywhere, Nowhere, Elsewhere, Everywhere,” a review of Richard Powers’ Orfeo for Slate Book Review on January 10, 2014; “Politics in a Refugee Camp” in The New York Times’s Disunion blog (August 8, 2013); “Son of Man: Reza Aslan’s Zealot” in the LA Review of Books (July 27, 2013); “Welcome to Zaytuna” Religion & Politics (May 15, 2013); With Suhaib Webb, Korb published “No Room for Radicals” in The New York Times (April 24, 2013); He also published “Harriet Jacobs at 200” in Lapham’s Quarterly’s Roundtable section (February 13, 2013).  


Contact Information

Scott Korb

Part-time Faculty
1 Wash Pl, Room 409
(212) 998-7317
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Office Hours
Thursday 1-4


2015 Fall

First-Year Writing Seminar: The Faith Between Us
Mon,Wed 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

2014 Spring

Telling the Truth
Thu 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM

2014 Fall

First-Year Writing Seminar: The Faith Between Us
Mon,Wed 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

2013 Spring

First-Year Research Seminar: Food Culture and Food Writing
Mon,Wed 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

2013 Fall

First-Year Writing Seminar: The Faith Between Us
Mon,Wed 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Research and Teaching Interests

essay writing; memoir; creative non-fiction; religious writing; belief and popular culture; faith and politics; ethics; Civil War; reform movements; slavery and slave narratives

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