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Jenna Weissman Joselit is the Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of History as well as the Director of the Program in Judaic Studies at GW. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Weissman Joselit specializes in the history and culture of America’s Jews and in U.S. cultural history from the late 19th century through the 1950s. Her work focuses on the unique relationship between material culture and identity.

She is a frequent contributor to several publications including The New Republic and Gastronomica. Her column for the Forward is now in its 13th year of publication.

She has published eight books and authored more than 70 articles and reviews. Her book, The Wonders of America: Reinventing Jewish Culture, 1880-1950, received the National Jewish Book Award in History in 1995.

Weissman Joselit has also served as the curator of and consultant to more than 30 exhibitions throughout the United States and Israel.

She is currently at work on a book about America’s embrace of the Ten Commandments, which explores the varied ways the United States lays claim to the ancient biblical text.

  1. Lenore Miller permalink

    I just discovered the blog. It’s great. Do you think it could cover the story of our forthcoming exhibition of the work of Magda Watts and Malcah Zeldis.

    Looking forward to the opening tomorrow.

    Best wishes,

    Lenore Miller

  2. Jenna H permalink

    This is a wonderful blog. I learned quite a bit tonight between this and the Judaic Studies page! Where have I been all this time?

  3. K2K permalink

    I just read your review of “You Need a Schoolhouse” at The New Republic.

    In 2003, I wrote a paper, highlighting the Rosenwald Schools, “Forces Shaping Southern Education for African-Americans: 1890-1930” for my grad course in History of Education at Lehman College. My professor wanted me to publish it, but he never understood I did not know how to maneuver the world of academic publishing.
    (I was retraining myself after a 25 year career in manufacturing, only to discover no one would help a 50+ Jew to become a Bronx school teacher).

    I am so glad someone else has told this remarkable story to a wider audience, and that some of the Rosenwald schools are being preserved.

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