Department and Program Affiliations:
History of the Jews in imperial Russia, Jewish intellectual history
Current research project:
“Zionism Before Herzl: M. L. Lilienblum and the Cultural Origins of the Jewish Revolution” — a critical biography of M. L. Lilienblum (1843-1910), the founder of the Jewish national movement in Russia. Argues that the intellectual sources of Zionism are not to be sought in secular theories of nationalism but in the Talmudic stronghold of the “Lithuanian Jerusalem."
- Associate Professor and Michael and Lisa Leffell Chair in Modern Jewish History, Department of History, Clark University, 2008-2018
- Director, Center for Jewish Studies, Department of Judaic Studies, State University of New York, Albany, 2007-2008
- Assistant Professor, Department of History and the Program in Judaic Studies, Princeton University, 1999-2007
- Ph.D., History, Columbia University, 1999
- B.A., History, Columbia College, Columbia University, 1992
Last book read:
“The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” by Agatha Christie
In your own time/when not working:
Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:
I’m looking forward to them all; I really like teaching.
What most excites you about Cornell: