Tony Michels

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.


Education:

  • PhD - Stanford
  • MA - Stanford
  • BA - University of California 

Books:

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Ed., Jewish Radicals: A Documentary History (New York University Press, 2012).   View Book Details
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A Fire in Their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York (Harvard University Press, 2005). View Book Details

Selected Publications:

  • "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.

Advisor To:

  • Dylan Kaufman-Obstler

History Courses:

  • History 213 - Jews and American Popular Culture - Syllabus 2017 (pdf)
  • History 219 - American Jewish Experience - Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
  • History 220 - Labor and Working Class History in the U. S. 
  • History 221 - Jews in American Popular Culture
  • History 374 - Modern Political History of the Jews
  • History 600 - African Americans and Jews in Urban US
  • History 600 - Zionism and Its Critics
  • History 600 - Immigrants in Urban America
  • History 891/History 901 - Modern Jewish History in Comparative Perspective: "Russian and the United States"
  • History 901 - Zionism and Its Critics - Syllabus 2017 (pdf)
  • History 901 - Communism and Anti-Communism in U. S. History
  • History 901 - Political History of American Labor
  • History 902 - Research Seminar in U. S. Social History

Tony Michels

George L. Mosse Professor of American Jewish History


608.265.2521 

aemichels@wisc.edu

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Office:
4103 Mosse Humanities

Mailbox:
4004 Mosse Humanities

Office Hours:
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