Kenneth b. Moss academic appointment: 2003- the Johns Hopkins University



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KENNETH B. MOSS
Academic appointment:
2003- The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Assoc. Professor, Felix Posen Chair of Modern Jewish History, Dept. of History

and

Director, Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Program in Jewish Studies


Education:
1996-2003 Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Ph.D. in Jewish History. Passed departmental comprehensive exams with distinction, May 1999. Dissertation: “‘A Time to Tear Down and a Time to Build Up’: Recasting Jewish Culture in Eastern Europe, 1917-1921,” Steven Zipperstein, advisor (Department of History, Stanford University, 2003).


1992-1996 Rutgers College, New Brunswick, NJ

B.A. with Highest Honors in History, 1996. History major with minors in Political

Science and Hebraic Studies. General Honors Program. Adviser: Omer Bartov.
Spring 1995 Harvard College, Cambridge, MA

Visiting student.


Fall 1994 Columbia College, New York, NY

Visiting student.


1991-1992 Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel

Mechinah intensive Hebrew language program.


Grants, Fellowships, Research Support:
2012 Visiting Member, “Jews and Cities” research group, Scholion –Interdisciplinary Research Center in Jewish Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem

2010-2012 Invited participant, International workshop on East European Jewish migration, the Nevzlin Center, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

2009-2010 Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowship of the American Council of Learned Societies awarded for second book project, The Unchosen People

2006-2007 Senior Fellowship, the Davis Center for Russian Studies, Harvard University

2006-2007 Membership, the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Spring semester (declined in favor of Davis Center)

2002-2003 Fellow, Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania

2002-2003 National Foundation for Jewish Culture Dissertation Fellowship (declined)

2001-2002 Mellon Fellowship, Stanford History Department

2001 Center for Russian and East European Studies Grant for research in Ukraine

2001 Jewish Community Endowment Fund Summer Newhouse Grant

2000 American Academy for Jewish Research Graduate Seminar

2000 Stanford Graduate Research Opportunity Fund

1999 Dorot Fellowship travel grant for research in Israel

1999 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Russian language study

1999 Mellon Pre-Dissertation Research Grant, Stanford University

1998 Jewish Community Endowment Fund Summer Newhouse Grant

1997 Jewish Community Endowment Fund Summer Newhouse Grant

1997-2001 Reinhard Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Studies, Stanford University

1996-1997 Mellon Graduate Fellowship

1992-1996 Rutgers Presidential Scholar

1992-1996 Henry Rutgers Scholar
Awards and honors:
2010 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature: Best Work of Jewish Non-fiction, National Jewish Book Council for Jewish Renaissance in the Russian Revolution

1996 Phi Beta Kappa

1996 Harold L. Poor Prize in History for best senior honors essay, Rutgers College

1993 Best undergraduate paper in Political Science, Rutgers College


Journal Editorship
Fall 2014- Co-editor with Sarah Stein (UCLA) and Tony Michels (UW-Madison), Jewish Social Studies: History, Culture, Society (The New Series)
Books:
Jewish Renaissance in the Russian Revolution (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009).

*Winner, 2010 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, National Jewish Book Council.

*Accepted for Hebrew translation by the Zalman Shazar Center, Jerusalem.

*Reviewed in The New Republic Online, Tablet, The Forward, Der forverts, Jerusalem Post, American Historical Review, Journal of Modern History, Choice, Tsion (Israel), Slavic Review, Russian Review, Cahiers du Monde Russe, AJS Review, Studies in Contemporary Jewry, Iyunim be-tkumat yisrael (Israel), Jewish Quarterly Review, Religious Studies Review, Shofar, Jewish Book World, International Newsletter of Communist Studies (Germany), Yudaya-Isuraeru Kenkyu (Waseda University, Japan)


Current book project: The Unchosen People: the Polish Jewish Condition and the Jewish Political Imagination, 1928-1939
Edited Volumes:
Co-editing with Professor Israel Bartal of v. 7 the Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization: Anthology of Primary Sources, Documents, Texts, and Artifacts in 10 Volumes, v. VII: 1880 C.E. - 1918 C.E: Mass Migrations of Jews and Jewish Culture to North America and Palestine, Jewish Nationalism, Flowering of Yiddish and Hebrew Literatures, editor in chief James Young (Yale University Press, 2012-), in process.
Guest editor, The Journal of Israeli History, v. 27, 2 (September 2008), special section on “East European Jewry, Nationalism and the Zionist Project.”
Articles and Chapters:
“Zionist Sociologies of Polish Jews and Vice-Versa, 1929-1937,” solicited, in process.
“Fun vanen nemen zikh unzere tsores? Natsyonalizm, di melukhe, un der nayer antisemitizm in dem tsienistishn, goles-natsyonalistishn, un teritoryalistishn gedank,” in Afn shvel: gezelshaftlekh-literarisher zhurnal, forthcoming.
[Co-authored with Roger Friedland], “Thinking through Religious Nationalism,” in Words. Situating Religion in Language, eds. Asja Szafraniec and Ernst van den Hemel (Fordham University Press, forthcoming), 423-466.
“Negotiating Jewish Nationalism in Interwar Warsaw,” in Warsaw. The Jewish Metropolis, ed. Glenn Dynner and Francois Guesnet (Brill 2015), 390-434.
“Thinking with Restriction: Immigration Restriction and Polish Jewish Accounts of the Post-Liberal State, Empire, Race, and Political Reason 1926-1939,” East European Jewish Affairs 44:2-3 (December 2014): 205-224.
"Tsienizm in dem goles-natsyonalistishn gedank: Maks Vaynraykh in Palestine," in Afn shvel: gezelshaftlekh-literarisher zhurnal, n. 356-357 (Zumer-harbst 2012): 21-27.
“At Home in Late Imperial Russian Modernity – Except When They Weren’t: New Histories of Russian and East European Jews, 1881-1914,” in Journal of Modern History, v. 84, 2 (June 2012): 401-452.
“Arnold in Eishyshok, Schiller in Shnipishok: Imperatives of ‘Culture’ in East European Jewish Nationalism and Socialism” in Journal of Modern History, v. 81, 3 (September 2009): 537-578.
*Portuguese translation: “Arnold em Aysheshok, Schiller em Shnipishok: imperativos da ‘cultura’ no nacionalismo e socialism judaicos da Europa Oriental,” WebMosaica: Revista semestral de estudos judaicos 2:2 (2010).
“Bringing Culture to the Nation: Hebraism, Yiddishism, and the Dilemmas of Jewish Cultural Formation in Russia and Ukraine, 1917-1919” in Jewish History 22 (2008): 263-294.
“1905 as a Jewish cultural revolution? Revolutionary and evolutionary dynamics in the East European Jewish cultural sphere, 1900-1914” in The Revolution of 1905 and Russia’s Jews: a Turning Point?, eds. Stefani Hoffman and Ezra Mendelsohn (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008), 186-198.
"Not The Dybbuk but Don Quixote: Translation, Deparochialization, and Nationalism in Jewish Culture” in Culture Front: Representing Jews in Eastern Europe, ed. Benjamin Nathans and Gabriella Safran (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008), 196-240.
*Polish translation: “‘W imię naglących potrzeb literatury narodowej.’ Tłumaczenie i żydowski nacjonalizm kulturowy w Europie Wschodniej,” Przekladaniec 29 (2014): 67-91.
“Between Renaissance and Decadence: Literarishe Monatsshriften and its Critical Reception” in Jewish Social Studies, v. 8, 1 (Fall 2001): 153-198.
“St. Patrick's Day Celebrations and the Formation of Irish-American Identity, 1845-1875” in Journal of Social History, v. 29, 1 (Fall 1995): 125-148.
Essays:

[With Tony Michels and Sarah Stein] “Introduction,” Jewish Social Studies, 20:2 (Winter 2014).


“Mahpekhah ba-tarbut ha-yehudit” in Toldot yehudei rusiah, v. 3, ed. Michael Beizer (Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, 2015).

*Russian translation forthcoming.


“Introduction” in The Journal of Israeli History, special section on “East European Jewry, Nationalism and the Zionist project,” v. 27, 2 (September 2008): 113-118.
Reference Works:

“Printing and Publishing: Printing and Publishing after 1800” [major article]; “Ahiasaf”; “Moriah”; “Stybel” [Hebrew publishing houses],” in The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, ed. Gershon Hundert (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008). “Saul Ginzburg,” “Elye Tsherikover,” in The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, electronic supplement.


“Yitshok Leybush Peretz,” in Dictionary of Yiddish Writers, ed. Joseph Sherman (Columbia, SC: Bruccoli, Clark, Layman, 2007) [one of three main entries].
Reviews:

Joshua Shanes, Diaspora Nationalism and Jewish Identity in Habsburg Galicia, in AJS Review, forthcoming.


Scott Ury, Barricades and Banners: The Revolution of 1905 and the Transformation of Warsaw Jewry in Tsion: riv’on le-kheker toldot yisrael / Zion: Quarterly for Research in Jewish History, forthcoming.
Shachar M. Pinsker, Literary Passports: The Making of Modernist Hebrew Fiction in Europe, in Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 31:4 (2013): 137-140.
Jonathan Frankel, Crisis, Revolution, and Russian Jews, in AJS Review 35 (2011): 181-187.
Barry Trachtenberg, Revolutionary Roots of Modern Yiddish, in East European Jewish Affairs, 40:2 (August 2010): 195-198.
Anita Norich, Discovering Exile: Yiddish and American Jewish Culture during the Holocaust in Studies in Contemporary Jewry, XXIV (2010): 242-245.
Benjamin Harshav, The Moscow Yiddish Theater in The Russian Review 67:4 (October 2008), 690-691.
Nicolas Iljine, ed. Odessa Memories in Jewish Quarterly Review, 97:3 (Summer 2007): e94-e99.
Natan Cohen, Sefer, sofer, ve-iton in Gal-ed: Measef le-toldot yahadut Polin/On the History of the Jews of Poland v. 19 (2004): 92-98.
Conference Organizing:
Formulated and organized the 10th Annual Lavy Colloquium at the Johns Hopkins University, international conference on “The Polish Jewish Condition? Polish Jewish Social Thought and the Challenge of the 1930s,” December 1-2, 2014.
With Michael Hanchard (Johns Hopkins), jointly formulated and coorganized the first Jewish Studies-Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship Program Joint Workshop on Race, Culture, Nationality in Transatlantic Perspective: “Theorizing Legal Equality before the First World War,” featuring Eric Oberle (Arizona State University), Christine Holbo (Arizona State University), Michael Hanchard (Johns Hopkins) and Nathan Connolly (Johns Hopkins), December 11, 2012 (Tuesday).
With Marina Rustow (Johns Hopkins), jointly formulated and coorganized the 7th Lavy Colloquium at the Johns Hopkins University, international conference on “Jews and Empire,” Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2011.
Formulated and organized the 4th Lavy Colloquium at the Johns Hopkins University, international conference on “Nationhood and the Jews,” November 6-7, 2008.
With Anita Shapira (Tel Aviv U.) and Derek Penslar (U. of Toronto), formulated, developed, and organized international conference on “East European Jewish Modernity and/in Israel: Legacies, Dialogue, Comparison,” June 5-6, 2006 under auspices of the Nevzlin Research Program in Contemporary Jewish Civilization at the Chaim Weizmann Institute for the Study of Zionism and Israel, Tel Aviv University.
Editorial Advisory Boards
Zutot: Perspectives on Jewish Culture (2012- )
Anthology of primary sources on Jews and the Russian Revolution (2013- ), ed. Steven Zipperstein for the YIVO Institute, forthcoming 2017.
Invited Lectures and Seminars:
“Shifting Jewish Identities and Ideologies in Modern Europe: A Discussion with Professors Joshua Karlip and Jess Olson,” Bernard Revel Graduate School, Yeshiva University, April 30, 2015.
Stulman Lecturer, Brown University, Oct. 20-21, 2014.

Public lecture: “Zionism, Palestinism, Post-Diasporism: New Forms of Polish Jewish Political Thinking in the 1930s.”

Faculty seminar: "The Polish Jewish Crisis and Diasporist Social Thought in the 1930s: Culture, Economism, and the Question of the Political"

Class lecture: “Minority Rights in the Age of Population Politics and Genocide”


“The Postwar State, Capitalism, Nationalism, and the Racialization of the International Sphere in Polish Jewish Emigration Debates, 1924-1939” and ““Palestinism, Territorialism, Statism, Post-Diasporism,” presented at the Judaic Studies and History Seminar, Yale University, Jan. 2014.
"From Cultural Renaissance to a "Youth Without a Future": Jewish Nationhood Chosen and Unchosen, 1890-1939," presented at University of Maryland, Sept. 2012.
“Maks Vaynraykh in Erets-Yisroel, 1935,” presented at the Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Summer Program at Tel Aviv University, July 2012.
Kandersteg Seminar on religion in modern European history, sponsored by the Remarque Institute at New York University, Kandersteg, Switzerland, March 28-April 1 2012.
“Unchosen Peoplehood: Spoiled Identity, Political Extrusion, and the National Horizon of Polish Jews 1918-1939,” presented at the University of Toronto, March 2012.
“From Cultural Renaissance to a “Youth Without a Future”: Jewish Nationhood Chosen and Unchosen, 1890-1939,” presented at University of Virginia, February 2012.
“From Cultural Renaissance to a “Youth Without a Future”: Jewish Nationhood Chosen and Unchosen, 1890-1939,” presented at University of Michigan, February 2012.
“Unchosen Peoplehood: Spoiled Identity, Political Extrusion, and the National Horizon of Polish Jews 1918-1939,” presented at the Duke-UNC Jewish Studies Seminar, September 2011.
“Jewish Renaissance in the Russian Revolution,” presented for the Toby and Herbert Stolzer Endowed Program of the Bildner Center and the Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University, October 2010.
Book discussion, Jewish Renaissance in the Russian Revolution, Jewish Studies reading group, Northwestern University, April 2010.
“‘Unceasing Reformation’: The Institution of Culture, Nationalism, and Secularity in Modern Jewish History,” presented to the program in Jewish Studies at Princeton University, January 2010.
“Nationhood, ‘Secular’ Modernity, and the Idea of Jewish Culture,” presented to the program in Jewish Studies at Yale University, March 2009.
“The Institution of Culture and the Dialectic of Cultural Nationalism in East European Jewish Modernity,” Department of History, Boston University, January 2009.
“Schiller in Shnipishok: The Imperative of Culture in East European Jewish Cultural Nationalism,” Workshop on Russian and East European History, Harvard University, May 2007.
"Against Tradition and Beyond the Folk: the Idea of Culture and the Transformation of Russian-Jewish Cultural Nationalism, 1900-1919," Jews in Modern Europe Study Group at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, April 2007.
"Making Yiddish Culture Bolshevik: National Autonomy, Cultural Power, and the Revolutionary Imperative in Soviet Jewish Culture, 1919-21," the Russian and East European Jewish Studies Seminar, the Davis Center, Harvard University, March 2007.
“Constituting ‘Jewish culture’/tarbut ivrit/yidishe kultur/evreiskaia kul'tura,” University of Haifa, June 2006.
“Constituting ‘Jewish culture’/tarbut ivrit/yidishe kultur/evreiskaia kul'tura,” presented to the program in Jewish Studies at Harvard University, February 2005.
“‘Russian-Jewish studies’ as history: prospects and animadversions,” presented at panel on “Rethinking Russian Jewish Studies,” the Davis Center, Harvard University, April 2004.
“Tarbut/kul’tura/kultur in der revolutsyonerer tekufe,” presented at the Yidish-akademisher seminar in YIVO, New York, March 2003.
“Eastern Europe in the Era of War and Revolution, 1914-1923,” presented at the Bay Area Global Education Program, Contemporary World History Project, November 2000.
Conference and Workshop Presentations:
Discussant, “Outside of Russia,” conference at University of Pennsylvania, March 19-20, 2015
“Zionist Sociologies of Polish Jews and Vice-Versa, 1929-1937” at the international conference “Mediating Israeli History and East European Jewish History,” Tokyo Station College, Saitama University, Japan, January 11-12 2015.
“Zionist Sociologies of Polish Jews and Polish Jewish Sociologies of Palestine” at the international conference in honor of Professor Israel Bartal “Making History Jewish,” The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dec. 28-30 2014.
“Palestinism and Post-Diasporism in 1930s Polish Jewish Political Culture,” at the 46th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, December 14-16, 2014.
Respondent, “Youth, Culture, and Politics among Polish Jews in the 1930s” at the 46th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, December 14-16, 2014.
“Rethinking the Causes of Our Plight: Extrusionary Nationalism, Global Racism, State Rationality, and the New Antisemitism in Diasporist and Zionist Thought,” at the 10th Annual Lavy Colloquium at the Johns Hopkins University, international conference on “The Polish Jewish Condition? Polish Jewish Social Thought and the Challenge of the 1930s,” December 1-2, 2014.
“Palestinism, Territorialism, Statism, Post-Diasporism: the Yishuv as Fact, Model, and

Challenge in 1930s Polish Jewish Political Thought,” at the international conference “Mashehu karah la-tsionut ba-derekh? Hemshekhiut u-temurah ba-leumiut ha-yehudit” [Did something happen to Zionism en route? Continuity and change in Jewish nationalism], the Cherrick Center for the History of Zionism, the Yishuv, and the State of Israel, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, December 29-31, 2013.


“From ‘Restratification of the Jewish Masses’ to ‘the Catastrophe of Socialism’: East European Jewish Social Thought between Economic and Political Analysis, 1929-1939,” at the 45th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, December 15-17, 2013.
Invited roundtable participant, “At Home in Eastern Europe: The Polish and Russian Turns in Jewish History,” at the 45th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, December 15-17, 2013.
Chair and respondent, “Revisiting Bialik's Kishinev,” at the 45th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, December 15-17, 2013.
Panel organizer, “Recasting Jewish Political Thought from Interwar Poland to New York to the PLO's Beirut,” at the 45th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, December 15-17, 2013.
Chair and discussant, the first Jewish Studies-Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship Program Joint “Workshop on Race, Culture, Nationality in Transatlantic Perspective”: “Theorizing Legal Equality before the First World War,” featuring Eric Oberle (Arizona State University), Christine Holbo (Arizona State University), Michael Hanchard (Johns Hopkins) and Nathan Connolly (Johns Hopkins), December 11, 2012 (Tuesday).
Roundtable participant, “Permanence du Yiddish,” conference at the initiative of the permanent B'nai B'rith delegation at UNESCO organized with the Maison de la Culture Yiddish - Bibliothèque Medem, UNESCO, November 12-13, 2012.
“Polish-Jewish Politics of Emigration in the 1930s,” presented at the international conference “Russian Jewish Migration Across Borders, Across Time” at Columbia University, cosponsored by the Leonid Nevzlin Research Center for Russian and East European Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Barnard Forum on Migration, the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, the Harriman Center, and the East Central European Center at Columbia, Oct. 16, 2012
“The (Dis) Location of Yiddish Culture in Polish Jewish Political Thinking, 1929-1939,” presented at the international conference “Yiddish After the Catastrophe: 1935-Present,” 7th Lavy Colloquium at the Johns Hopkins University, October 15, 2012.
“Post-Diasporist Political Thought: Max Weinreich in Palestine, 1935,” at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, Dec. 18-20, 2011.
Organizer and moderator, roundtable on “Prophecy and Politics at 30: New Research Agendas for Modern Jewish Politics and Jewish Political Culture” at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, Dec. 18-20, 2011.
“The Unchosen People: Jewish Negotiations with Nationhood in Interwar Poland,” presented at 43rd Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, November 17-20, 2011.
“Unchosen Peoplehood: Jews and the Fact of Nationhood in the Interwar Period,” presented at the international symposium “Rethinking the History of Jewish Nationalism” at UCLA, January 30-31, 2011.
“Religion and Nationalism,” panel on “Intersections of Religion and Nation,” Department of History Futures Seminars, Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, December 2-3, 2010.
“Negotiating Nationhood among Warsaw’s Jews, 1900-1939,” presented at the international conference “Warsaw: Unwritten Chapters in the History of a Jewish Metropolis,” organized by Institute of Jewish Studies (IJS) at University College - London, June 21-24, 2010. Solicited for publication.
“The Third Sex: Jewish Feminism and the Question of Public and Private in the Age of Collectivist Politics,” presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies, Los Angeles, CA, Dec. 20, 2009.

“Be a Polish Jew in the Mountains and a Third Sex at Home: Conceiving Jewish Society and Self-Cultivation in Nationalist Eastern Europe,” presented at the international conference “Nationhood and the Jews,” 4th Lavy Colloquium at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, November 6-7 2008.


“Nationalism’s Futures,” presented at the international conference “Time beyond Borders,” the Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem and Haifa University, Israel, 29 June-2 July, 2008.
“National Autonomy, Intelligentsia Power, and the Revolutionary Imperative in Early Soviet Yiddish Culture, 1918-1921,” presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, New Orleans, LA, November 2007.

"Against Tradition and Beyond the Folk: the Idea of Culture and the Transformation of Russian-Jewish Cultural Nationalism, 1900-1919," presented at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association (AHA), Atlanta, GA, January 2007.


“Between Nation-Formation and ‘The Liberation of the Individual’: Culture and the Prerogatives of the Self in the Hebrew and Yiddish Intelligentsia, 1889-1921,” presented at the international conference on “East European Jewish Modernity: Legacies, Dialogues,” Tel-Aviv University, under auspices of the Nevzlin Research Program in Contemporary Jewish Civilization at the Chaim Weizmann Institute for the Study of Zionism and Israel, June 2006.
“Bolshevik Revolution and the End of the Jewish Cultural Project: Bergelson, Shteynman, Hofshteyn,” presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies, Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2005.
“Nationalism, Revolution, the State, and the Imperatives of Culture,” presented at an international conference on “Jews and Russian Revolutions,” Stanford University, November 2005.
"Jewish Cultural Revolution and the Uses of the State:  Institutionalizing Jewish Culture in Revolutionary Russia, Ukraine, and the Successor States, 1917-1921," presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Boston, MA, November 2004.
“Between Cultural Revolution and Punctuated Evolution: The Jewish Cultural Sphere after 1905,” presented at the Mayrock Center conference on “The Revolution of 1905: a Turning Point in Jewish History?” The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 2004.
“Jewish Politics and Jewish Culture in the Age of Revolution 1917-1921,” presented at the Ninth Annual Gruss Colloquium in Judaic Studies: Jewish History and Culture in Eastern Europe, Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, May 2003.
“Conflict, Community, and Revolution in the East European Jewish Cultural Sphere, 1917-21,” presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies, Los Angeles, CA, Dec. 15, 2002.
Tarbut/Kultur/Kul’tura in a Revolutionary Key: Rethinking and Remaking ‘Modern Jewish Culture’ in Russia and Ukraine, 1917-1919,” presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies, Washington D.C., December 15, 2001.
“Nationalism, High Culture, and the Cultural Sphere: Theory and Method in the Study of ‘National Culture’ in Light of Modern Eastern European Jewish History,” presented at the Graduate Conference on European Identity and Nationalism, Rutgers University, May 12, 2001.
“Reshaping Jewish High Culture in the Era of War and Revolution” presented at the American Academy for Jewish Research Graduate Seminar, Summer 2000.
“War, Revolution, and the Politics of Jewish Culture in Eastern Europe” presented at the Graduate Seminar on East European Jewish History and Culture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Fall 1999.
Teaching:

Undergraduate Lecture Courses

History of Occidental Civilization: Modern Europe

East European Jewish History, 1772 to the Present

Jewish History II: Modern Jewish History, 1750 to the Present

Jewish History I: From Antiquity to 1789
Undergraduate Seminars

History of Israel, 1948-1970

Diaspora, Race, Nation, and Politics (created with Michael Hanchard)

God, Self, Nation and Revolution in East European Jewish Life and Thought, 1860-1939

Jewish History in British Mandatory Palestine, 1917-1947

Theorizing the Age of 'Enormity:' Social Theory and the History of the 20th Century (created with Todd Shepard)

The Jewish Condition and the Interwar Crisis: Jewish Politics and Culture in Europe, America, and Palestine, 1918-1939

Jewish Society and Selfhood in the Age of Nationalism: The Religious, Cultural, Civic, and Private Lives of Jews in Eastern Europe, 1860-1939

Shtetl, City, Death Camp, Suburb, State: Spaces of Jewish Modernity

The Invention of Modern Jewish Culture

Capitalism, Class, and Community in Modern Jewish History

Tradition and Modernity in Modern Jewish Thought and Culture

Jewish Culture and Politics in Eastern Europe, 1881-1939

The City and the Urban Experience in Modern Jewish History


Graduate Seminars

Graduate Colloquium on Jewish History in British Mandatory Palestine, 1917-1947

Historiography of the Jews from Antiquity to Modernity (created with Marina Rustow)

Nationalism and Nationhood: Theories and Histories

The Cultural Sphere: Concept, Institution, Practice

Colloquium on Modern Jewish History

Jewish Paths to Modernity
Departmental and University Service:

-Director, Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Program in Jewish Studies, 2010-

-Member, History Dept. Committee for Undergraduate Affairs, 2015-

-Chair, Search Committee for Stulman Chair in Rabbinics, 2014-2015

-Assistant Director, Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Program in Jewish Studies, 2008-2010

-Member, Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Program in Jewish Studies Advisory Board, 2003-2008

-Member, Selection Committee for Mellon Fellowship in Diaspora Studies, 2010-2013

-Member, Library Advisory Committee, 2005(?)-2012

-Member, committee to examine class size/leave questions under Richard Bett, 2013-

-Member, Homewood Graduate Board, ongoing

-Member, Strategic Planning Committee, History Department, 2010-2012

-Member, Search Committee in Medieval and Early Modern/Bloomberg Chair, 2008-2009

-Member, Search Committee in Rabbinics, 2005-2006

-Member, Search Committee in Rabbinics, 2003-2004

-Member, Butler Prize Committee, 2003-2005, 2008-2009

-Presenter for History Dept. undergraduate major open house, 2007

-Member, Deans Teaching Fellowship Committee, 2005-2006

-Member, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Committee, 2005

-Participant, Dean’s meeting on Religious Studies, 9/20/04

-Member, History Department committee to select applicants for Dean’s Teaching award, 2004

-Member, History Department committee to select best 1st year paper, 2004

-Reader for dissertations in History, Political Science, Near East Studies, English, GRLL, Art History 2004-present (1-2/yr)

-Senior thesis director, Johns Hopkins University Department of History, 2003-2006, 2007-2009, 2015-2016

-Internship advisor, Johns Hopkins University Department of History, summer 2004

-Graduate Student Representative, History Department, Stanford University, 1998-99
Professional service:

- Division co-chair of “Modern Jewish History in Europe, Asia, Israel, and Other Communities” for the Association of Jewish Studies’ annual conference 2013-2016

- Member, Academic Advisory Committee to the Rothberg International School of Hebrew University 2013-

- Judge, National Jewish Book Awards, 2010, 2011, 2012


Article MS Referee:

Association of Jewish Studies Review

Comparative Studies in Society and History

Europe-Asia Studies

Jewish History

Jewish Quarterly Review

Jewish Social Studies

Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy

Journal of Modern History

Nationalities Papers

Slavonic and East European Journal
Book MS Reviewer:

Bedford/St. Martin’s

Brown Judaic Studies

Cornell University Press

Oxford University Press

University of Pennsylvania Press

Princeton University Press

Stanford University Press


Academic Proposal Reviewer:

Reviewer for the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, international doctoral fellowship program, 2006-2007, 2009-2010, 2012-2013

Reviewer for National Foundation for Jewish Culture, doctoral fellowship program, 2011-2012

Reviewer, Israel Science Foundation, 2011

Reviewer for European Research Council, Advanced Investigator Grants, 2009
Consulting:

National Yiddish Book Center, consideration of a proposal for a modern Jewish culture program, Feb. 2012.


Languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian, German (reading), Polish (reading)
Professional affiliations:

The American Historical Association (AHA)

The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS)

The Association for Jewish Studies (AJS)


Community and Alumni Academic Service and Presentations:
“The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” for “Towers of Babel: Fakes and Forgers throughout the Centuries,” public event organized at the George Peabody Library, Nov. 4, 2014.
“Jews Thinking about Capitalism: Europe and Palestine in the 1930s,” breakout session, “Titans of Industry” evening, Center for Jewish History, New York, June 9, 2014.
Lecturer, “Unchosen: Polish Jewish Young People in Dark Times, 1929-1939,” Congregation Neve Shalom, Metuchen, New Jersey, May 2014.
Moderator for Washington DC Hopkins Alumni Chapter in converation with Eliav Benjamin, Counselor for Political Affairs at the Embassy of Israel, Washington DC,  April 10, 2013.
Speaker, Zelicof Dinner with the Dean Katherine Newman, March 5, 2013.
Roundtable participant, “Permanence du Yiddish,” conference at the initiative of the permanent B'nai B'rith delegation at UNESCO organized with the Maison de la Culture Yiddish - Bibliothèque Medem, UNESCO, November 12-13, 2012.
Scholar in Residence, Congregation Beth Or, May 11-12, 2012:

Lectures: “The Jewish Renaissance in the Russian Revolution” and “Between Poland and Palestine”



Dvar torah on parashat terumah

Text seminar: “The Unchosen People”


Presenter, 12th Annual Greenfield Summer Institute: “Yiddish in the Twenty-first Century,” Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison, July 10–14 2011.
Presenter, “Lunch and Learn,” the Johns Hopkins University Hillel, April 2011: Itzik Manger’s Megile-lider
Presenter and discussant, Baltimore Jewish Film Festival, May 2009.
Respondent to Manfred Becker’s “Fatherland” at the symposium “The Holocaust: Children of Nazi Perpetrators Confront their Parents’ Past through Documentary Film,” the Johns Hopkins University, March 2009.
“The Revival of Hebrew and the End(?) of Jewish Identity,” lecture presented for parents’ weekend at the Johns Hopkins Hillel, November 2008.
“Jewish Language and Identity Past, Present, and Future,” lecture presented for Homecoming 2008 at the Johns Hopkins University, April 2008.
Presenter and discussant, “Shalosh imahot,” Baltimore Jewish Film Festival, April 2008.
Presenter, “Israel at 60”, the Johns Hopkins University Hillel, April 2008.
Lecturer, “Language and Jewish Identity,” Congregation Neve Shalom, Metuchen, New Jersey, December 2007.
Lecturer, “Fun yidishkayt un haskole tsu der moderner yidisher kultur"(From Yiddishkayt and Haskalah to modern Yiddish culture) and "Natsyonalizm, sotsyalizm, un di yidishe kultur in mizrekh eyrope" (Nationalism, Socialism, and Yiddish culture in Eastern Europe), lectures presented at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, October 2005.
Presenter and discussant, “Miss Entebbe,” Baltimore Jewish Film Festival, April 2004.



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