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David Sorkin appointed to the Graduate Center

David Sorkin

Distinguished Professor of History

David Sorkin joined the faculty as distinguished professor of history. An internationally renowned scholar of modern Jewish history, he came to the Graduate Center from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he was a professor of history and the Frances and Laurence Weinstein Professor of Jewish Studies. Throughout his career he has worked to integrate European intellectual history and Jewish history, by locating Jewish history in the context of the majority society; by illuminating developments in Judaism through comparison with other religions; and by writing a comparative intellectual history that incudes Judaism, Protestantism, and Catholicism. His current project is a comparative history of Jewish emancipation in Europe from the seventeenth century to 1921. His books include The Transformation of German Jewry, 1780–1840 (Oxford University Press, 1987); Moses Mendelssohn and the Religious Enlightenment (University of California Press, 1996), which has been translated into French, German, and Italian; and The Religious Enlightenment: Protestants, Jews and Catholics from London to Vienna (Princeton University Press, 2008). He was an associate editor of the Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies (2002), which won the National Jewish Book Award. Sorkin has won numerous awards and grants, including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and recently held appointments at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California–Berkeley. David Sorkin was appointed to the Graduate Center in the Fall of 2011.


Photo: University of Wisconsin–Madison, Department of History

Submitted on: JUL 7, 2011

Category: History, New Appointments to the GC