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date: 19 August 2019

Penslar, Prof. Derek Jonathan free

PhD; FRSC 2011

Born Los Angeles 12 Aug. 1958; s of Bruce David Penslar and Alice Natalie Penslar (now Krone Harnell); m 1983, Robin Levin; one s one d

Samuel Zacks Professor of Jewish History, University of Toronto, since 2001; William Lee Frost Professor of Modern Jewish History, Harvard University, since 2018


Stanford Univ. (BA with Dist. Hist. 1979); Univ. of Calif, Berkeley (MA Hist. 1980; PhD Hist. 1987)


Asst Prof. of Hist. and Jewish Studies, 1987–93, Associate Prof., 1993–98, Indiana Univ., Bloomington; Associate Prof. of Jewish Hist., 1998–2001, Dir, Centre for Jewish Studies, 2002–08, Univ. of Toronto; Stanley Lewis Prof. of Israel Studies, Univ. of Oxford, 2012–16; Fellow, St Anne’s Coll., Oxford, 2012–16, now Hon. Fellow. Nachshon Vis. Prof. of Israel Studies, Harvard Univ., 2006; Visiting Professor: of Israel Studies, Columbia Univ., 2009; of Israel Studies, Univ. of Oxford, 2016–17; of History, Harvard Univ., 2016–18. Pres., Amer. Acad. for Jewish Res., 2018–


Zionism and Technocracy: the engineering of Jewish settlement in Palestine, 1870–1918, 1991 (trans. Hebrew, 2001); (ed with M. Brenner) In Search of Jewish Community: Jewish identity in Germany and Austria, 1918–1933, 1998; Shylock’s Children: economics and Jewish identity in modern Europe, 2001; (ed with A. Shapira) Israeli Historical Revisionism: from left to right, 2002; (ed with I. Kalmar) Orientalism and the Jews, 2004; (ed jtly) Contemporary Antisemitism: Canada and the World, 2005; Israel in History: the Jewish State in comparative perspective, 2007; (ed jtly) A New Jewish Time: Jewish culture in an era of secularization, 5 vols in Hebrew, 2007; (with E. Kaplan) The Origins of Modern Israel: a documentary history, 2011; Jews and the Military: a history, 2013; chapters in books including: Purchasing Power: the economic dimensions of modern Jewish life, 2015; What Ifs of Jewish History: from Abraham to Zionism, 2016; Colonialism and the Jews, 2017; The Cambridge History of Judaism, vol. VIII, 2017; contribs to Annales, Cathedra, German Hist., Hist. & Memory, Israel Studies, Jewish Social Studies, Jewish Hist., Jl Contemp. Hist., Jl Israel Hist., Jl Modern Jewish Studies, Leo Baeck Inst. Year Book, Tsiyon, Yisra’el, Jl Hist. Eur. Ideas, Jl Levantine Studies


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