Tony Michels, professor

by CJS Admin

George Mosse Professor of American Jewish History

Phone: 608-265-2521
4103 Humanities
, 455 North Park St.
, Madison, WI 53706


Ph.D., Stanford University
M.A., Stanford University
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz

Areas of Research

American Jewish history, Yiddish culture, modern Jewish politics

Courses Taught

The American Jewish Experience: From Shtetl to Suburb
Jews in American Popular Culture
Modern Jewish Politics: Socialism, Liberalism, Nationalism
Eastern European Jews in the United States
African Americans and Jews in Urban America
Modern Jewish History in Trans-National Perspective
Zionism and Its Critics

Selected Publications

A Fire in Their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York (Harvard University Press, 2005)
“Exporting Yiddish Socialism: New York’s Role in the Russian Jewish Workers’ Movement,” Jewish Social Studies vol. 16, no. 1 (Fall 2009): 1-26.

“Communalist History and Beyond: What Is the Potential of American Jewish History?” American Jewish History vol. 95, no. 1 (March 2009): 61-71.

Honors and Awards

American Academy for Jewish Research, Salo Baron Prize for Best First Book in Jewish Studies (2006)

Runner-up, American Jewish Historical Society, Saul Viener Book Prize (2007)


History Department