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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 GottliebAssociate Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University
Michah Gottlieb’s main field of research is modern Jewish thought and philosophy. His interests include: the faith-reason debate and its political ramifications, modern Bible translation and interpretation, ethical education and character development, and bourgeois piety. His books include: Faith and Freedom: Moses Mendelssohn’s Theological Political Thought (2011); Faith, Reason, Politics: Essays on the History of Jewish Thought (2013) and most recently: The Jewish Reformation: Bible Translation and Middle-Class German Judaism as Spiritual Enterprise (2021).

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 for Radio, Television, Film, University of Texas, Austin
In January 2019, Noah Isenberg joined the Moody College as the George Christian Centennial Professor and Chair of the Department of Radio-Television-Film. He arrived at UT from the New School, in New York City, where for the past decade and a half he has served as Professor of Culture and Media and the founding director of Screen Studies.

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 L. Rozenblit is a social historian of Jews in Central Europe.  She is the author of The Jews of Vienna, 1867–1914: Assimilation and Identity (1983) and Reconstructing a National Identity: The Jews of Habsburg Austria During World War I (2001).  In addition, she has co-edited Constructing Nationalities in East Central Europe (2005) and World War I and the Jews: Conflict and Transformation in Europe, the Middle East, and America  (2017). She has published 35 scholarly articles on such topics as Jewish religious reform in 19th-century Vienna, synagogue affiliation in 19th-century Baltimore, and Austrian Jewish women during World War I.  She is currently completing work on “Identifying as German: The Jews of Moravia, 1848–1938.” She is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of Leo Baeck Institute – New York | Berlin and an advisor to the Shared History Project.

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. His first book, The Transformation of German Jewry, 1780–1840 (1987), examined the formation of Jewish culture in the German states, which he came to understand as a “subculture.” Sorkin's latest book is Jewish Emancipation:  A History Across Five Centuries (2019), in which he argues that the attainment of civil and political rights or equality is the principal event of modern Jewish history.  He is currently at work on a study of the practice of Jewish politics since the sixteenth century.

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.