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Tony Michels Michels
Associate Professor

Email: aemichels@wisc.edu
Phone: (608)265-2521
Office: 4103 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4004 Mosse Humanities

Curriculum Vitae: View PDF

Office Hours: Mondays 3:30-5:30

Education: PhD: Stanford; MA: Stanford; BA: University of California

Bio Sketch:

My specialization is American Jewish.

My Research and Teaching Interests include American Jewish history, Yiddish culture, Russian Jewish history, socialism, working-class history, and nationalism.

Selected Publications:


  • Ed., Jewish Radicals: A Documentary History (New York University Press, 2012).   
  • A Fire in Their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York (Harvard University Press, 2005).
    • Winner, The Salo Wittmayer Baron Prize, American Academy for Jewish Research (2006)
    • Runner-up, The Saul Viener Book Prize, American Jewish Historical Society (2007)


  • "Is America 'Different'?:  A Critique of American Jewish Exceptionalism," American Jewish History vol. 96, no. 3 (Sept. 2010):  201-224.
  • “Communism and the Problem of Ethnicity in the 1920s: The Case of Moissaye Olgin,” in Studies in Contemporary Jewry vol. 25 (2011), pp. 26-48.
  • “Exporting Yiddish Socialism: New York’s Role in the Russian Jewish Workers’ Movement,” Jewish Social Studies vol. 16, no. 1 (Fall 2009): 1-26.
  • “Communalist History and Beyond: What Is the Potential of American Jewish History?” American Jewish History vol. 95, no. 1 (March 2009): 61-71.
  • Co-author (Hasia Diner). “Considering American Jewish History,” OAH Newsletter (Nov. 2007), pp. 9, 18.
  • "I Am Not Hippy Johnny: How Jonathan Richman Used His Outsider Status to Revolutionize Rock and Roll,"Guilt and Pleasure no. 6 (Fall 2007):  82-87.

History Courses Taught:

Lecture Courses:

  • History 219 - American Jewish Experience - Syllabus 2014 (pdf)
  • History 221 - Jews in American Popular Culture
  • History 374 - Modern Political History of the Jews

Undergraduate Seminars:

  • History 220 - Labor and Working Class History in the U. S.
  • History 600 - Advanced Seminar in History - Topics: "African Americans and Jews in Urban US"; "Zionism and Its Critics"; "Immigrants in Urban America"

Graduate Courses:

  • History 891/History 901 - Modern Jewish History in Comparative Perspective: "Russian and the United States" Syllabus 2011 (pdf)
  • History 901 - Studies in American History - Topics: "American Jewish History"; "Communism and Anti-Communism in U. S. History"; "Political History of American Labor"
  • History 902 - Research Seminar in U. S. Social History
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