Tony Michels

Position title: Director


Phone: 608-265-8110

Office 4103 Humanities
455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706

George Mosse Professor of American Jewish History


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