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. His book Light without Fire: The Making of America's First Muslim College was published in 2013 and Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy, a collection of essays about the late author that Korb co-edited along with Robert Bolger, was published in 2014. 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.
Teaching and Research 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
B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1997 M.A., Union Theological Seminary, 2000 M.A., Columbia University, 2002
Professor Scott Korb received a 2015-2016 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award was established in 2009 to recognize educators for their outstanding teaching; their ability to inspire students; a pedagogical approach that is creative and rigorous; expert advising and mentoring skills; and contributions to their field.
In June 2015, Professor Scott Korb delivered the commencement address at Pacific University's MFA in Writing Program in Portland, Oregon. His remarks were published in Guernicain July 2015.
Professor Korb, along with Professor Gregory Erickson, organized the David Foster Wallace and Ethics conference at Gallatin, held in April 2015. In February 2015, Professor Korb served as a panelist at the NYU's school of Journalism's event Reporting Pain.
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 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).