I am a historian of modern European Jewish history, with a research focus on intellectual and cultural history in the German lands, from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century. I work on the histories of scholarship, reading, and religion, and situate these against the emergence of modern empires, states, nationalisms, and religious communities. More specifically, I am interested in how the transformation of intellectual pursuits such as philosophy, history, and philology into professionalized academic disciplines transformed the religious practices and ideas that had long animated the pursuit of knowledge.
My first book project explores how the rise of novel ways of reading, including the possibility of “reading for pleasure” as well as the idea of reading texts as historical sources, challenged prevailing conceptions of Judaism by Jewish, Christian, and secular Europeans beginning in the late eighteenth century and until long into the nineteenth century. I argue for the importance of reading practices in the construction of Judaism as a religion in this period. A second project on which I am currently working is a study of the major Central European Jewish historians of the nineteenth century and their ambivalent relationships to German nationalism and the Prussian state.
My teaching interests include the history of the Jews in the modern and early modern periods, the history of Jewish thought, antisemitism and anti-Judaism, and the history of Zionism and the State of Israel.
- PhD – University of California, Berkeley
- MA – University of California, Berkeley
- BA – Princeton University
- “Leopold Zunz and the Meanings of Wissenschaft,” Journal of the History of Ideas (accepted with revisions May 2015)
- “Heinrich Graetz.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Jewish Studies. Ed. David Biale. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. View Article
- Paul Reitter, On the Origins of Jewish Self-Hatred. H-Judaic, H-Net Reviews. October, 2012. View Review
- Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation
- Townsend Humanities Center Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley
- Center for Jewish History Fellowship, Cahnman Foundation Fellow
- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Pre-Dissertation Award through the Council for European Studies at Columbia University
- German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Fellowship
- Chad Gibbs
- History 220 - Modern Jewish History: From 1492 to the Present Day - Syllabus 2016 (pdf)
- History 220 - Introduction to Modern Jewish History - Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
- History 224 - Explorations in European History: The Holocaust - Syllabus 2016 (pdf)
- History 283/500 - What is Antisemitism? - Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
- History 500 - Anti-Judaism: A Global History - Syllabus 2016 (pdf)
- History 518 - Antisemitism & Anti-Judaism - Syllabus 2016 (pdf)
- History 705 - Anti-Judaism and Antisemitism - Syllabus 2016 (pdf)