Academic Advisory Board

Michael Brenner, Professor of Jewish History and Culture, University of Munich, Germany
Michael Brenner is a German historian with a focus on Jewish history and culture. He received his PhD in Jewish History from Columbia University, New York in 1994. Brenner holds the Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies and is the Director of the Center for Israel Studies at the American University, Washington, D.C. Since 2013, he has served as the International President of the Leo Baeck Institute.

Hasia R. Diner, Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and History, New York University
Hasia Diner is an American historian exploring the mutual impact of America and the Jews. The main foci of her work are Jewish history, European American immigration history and women’s history. In one of her recent books, she examined the ways in which Jews in post-World War II America created a public culture which memorialized the Holocaust. She is the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History and the Director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History.

Henry L. Feingold, Professor Emeritus of History, City University of New York
Henry Feingold is an American historian whose life’s work has focused on American Holocaust witness role and the reaction of the American Jewry to the Holocaust. Among other things, he analyzed why the efforts of the American government and Jewish leaders were ineffective in halting Germany’s genocidal policy during the Holocaust. In addition, Feingold has published extensively on the wider American Jewish history.

Sharon Flatto, Professor of Judaic Studies, Brooklyn College, New York
Sharon Flatto specializes in early modern Jewish history, early modern and modern Jewish thought, and Kabbalah. Her research interests include the role of mysticism in seventeenth and eighteenth-century Prague, interactions between early hasidim and mitnaggedim (opponents of Hasidism) and the modernization of Central European rabbinic culture.

Harriet P. Freidenreich, Professor Emerita of Jewish History, Temple University, Philadelphia
Harriet Freidenreich’s work has spanned Jewish history and specifically Jewish and European women’s history. Her particular expertise is on Yugoslav Jewry, which was also the focus of her PhD in 1973. Later works dealt with Jewish politics in Vienna from 1918-1938 and highlighted the lives of Jewish women who attended universities in Germany or Austria before the Nazi era.

Michah Gottlieb, Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University
Michah Gottlieb’s main field of research is modern Jewish thought and philosophy. He has written, among others, on the theological and political Moses Mendelssohn and on Jewish approaches to the faith-reason debate, analyzing Jewish thinkers from the twelfth to the twentieth centuries. Most recently, he has been writing on the role of the Bible in German Judaism.

Atina Grossmann, Professor of Modern European and German History, and Women’s and Gender Studies, The Cooper Union, New York
Atina Grossmann has shed light on Jewish life in Germany in the immediate aftermath of World War II, bridging the divide between German history and Jewish studies. Her current research focuses on transnational Jewish refugee stories. Grossmann has held guest professorships at the Humboldt University Berlin and the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, among others.

Noah Isenberg, Professor of Culture and Media, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School
Noah Isenberg teaches film history, theory, and criticism, serves as the director of Screen Studies and holds a joint appointment in the multi-disciplinary M.A. program in Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research. His work includes, amongst others, a monograph on American and Moravian-Austrian director and screenwriter Edgar G. Ulmer and, as editor, a guide on Weimar Cinema, which discusses German cinema between the wars by analyzing sixteen discrete films of the era.

Robin Judd, Professor of Jewish History, Ohio State University
Robin Judd teaches Modern Jewish history, German History, The Holocaust, and Women’s History. Her main research interests are Modern Jewish History as well as Gender History and Theory. Judd has published on ritual debates and their political dimension across Jewish and non-Jewish communities in Germany from 1843-1933. In her most recent project, she is examining postwar gender roles in light of post-war Europe’s political and economic reconstruction.

Marion A. Kaplan, Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University
Marion Kaplan’s research concentrates on Jewish women’s history and the history of Jewish daily life in Germany. Her publications are based on archival sources, but also on ego-documents, such as diaries, letters, and memoirs that express feelings and personal perspectives along with the crucial details of daily life. Kaplan is a three-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award.

Marsha L. Rozenblit, Professor of Jewish History, University of Maryland
Marsha Rozenblit is a social and cultural historian of the Jews of Central Europe. She is currently working on a project exploring the relationship between Jews and other Germans in Moravia between 1848 and 1938. Prof. Rozenblit has also published on Jewish religious reform in nineteenth-century Vienna, synagogue selection in nineteenth-century Baltimore, and the social foundations of antisemitism in the Habsburg Monarchy.

David J. Sorkin, Professor of Modern Jewish History, Yale University
David Sorkin’s work is situated at the intersection of Jewish history and European history since the 16th century. He first examined the formation of Jewish culture in the German states. In one of his recent works, he reconceived the relationship of the Enlightenment to religion, crossing confessional boundaries and national borders. Sorkin is currently writing a history of Jewish emancipation in Europe.

Joshua Teplitsky, Professor of History, Stony Brook University
Joshua Teplitsky focuses on Jewish life in the German-speaking lands of the Holy Roman Empire and Habsburg monarchy in the early modern period (16th–18th centuries) with an emphasis on the city of Prague. Specifically, he is interested in the interconnections between Jews of disparate locations, as well as the social, cultural, and intellectual exchanges between Jews and Christians. A secondary field of interest is the study of the book as medium of knowledge and material object.

Kerry Wallach, Professor of German Studies, Gettysburg College
Kerry Wallach’s academic work integrates multiple disciplines. Her research interests include 20th-century German literature, culture, film, and media; Weimar Republic; German-Jewish history; Yiddish literature in translation; Jewish American literature; women, gender, and sexuality studies; visual and consumer culture. For her dissertation, entitled Observable Type: Jewish Women and the Jewish Press in Weimar Germany, she was awarded the Women in German Dissertation Prize in 2012.

Jonathan Zatlin, Professor of History, Boston University
Jonathan Zatlin has written widely on the history of German communism and the politics of German unification. His current research investigates the link between race and economy in modern European history, focusing on the experience of German Jews. By analyzing the lives of Jewish economists and entrepreneurs, usury trials, financial scandals, and violence against Jews, Zatlin traces the fortunes and misfortunes of Jews and their detractors in modern German history.