Modern Jewish History

The field of Modern Jewish History offers a wealth of possibilities for graduate study.  Not limited by geographic boundaries and benefitting from a wide temporal scope, students of Modern Jewish History are able and encouraged to pursue a variety of topics, from the local to the transnational level.  This field examines the major developments in modern Jewish history, including issues of nationality, citizenship, and emancipation and the contemporaneous developments of assimilation, integration, and the evolution and conflicts associated with hyphenated Jewish-national identities.  These concepts of identity come into focus again during the turbulent 20th century, during such dramatic experiences as the Holocaust and the establishment of the state of Israel.  At the same time as receiving training in the Modern Jewish History field, students are also trained broadly in a variety of subfields, not restricted to Modern Europe, and are encouraged to engage with other Jewish Studies faculty.  Faculty members in Modern Jewish History are pursuing research various aspects of this rich and complicated era, including Europe and North Africa, and in national, colonial, and transnational perspectives.


Jeremy Popkin
T. Marshall Hahn, Jr. Professor of History; Director, UK Jewish Studies program
Ph.D., University of California/Berkeley, 1977
Research Interests: Early modern France; autobiography; the Haitain Revolution; Jewish Studies


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