Dr. Grosby received his PhD from the Committee on Social Thought of the University of Chicago. His areas of research include the ancient Near East, the Hebrew Bible, the relation between religion and nationality, and Social and Political Philosophy. His recent works include Nationalism: A Very Short Introduction (2005), Biblical Ideas of Nationality: Ancient and Modern (2002) and the edition and translation of Hans Freyer, Theory of Objective Mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Culture (Series in Continental Thought No. 25 1998). He has also edited three volumes of selected writings of Edward Shils, A Fragment of a Sociological Autobiography: The History of My Pursuit of a Few Ideas (2007), The Virtue of Civility (1997), and The Calling of Education (1997). His many articles have appeared in journals such as Zeitschrift fur die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, History of Religions, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, Archives Europeennes de Sociologie, Hebraic Political Studies, Azure, and Nations and Nationalism. He has also co-edited Nationalism and Ethnosymbolism: History, Culture and Ethnicity in the Formation of Nations (2007) and Nationality and Nationalism--a four volume Reader(2004).