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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.
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