Elli Stern researches the transformation and development of traditional and religious worldviews in Western life and thought. In particular, he focuses on modern Eastern European Jewry, Zionism, secularism, and religious radicalism. His first book entitled The Genius: Elijah of Vilna and the Making of Modern Judaism was published by Yale University Press in 2012. Currently he is working on a book project on the emergence of Jewish nationalism and the secularization of Eastern European Jewry. His courses include Secularism: From the Enlightenment to the Present, Modern Jewish Intellectual History, and Law and Ethics in Modern Judaism. He has served as a term member on the Council on Foreign Relations and is currently a Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute, and a consultant to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland.