The Stephen S. Wise Chair in American Jewish History, and Institutions in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry.
Eli Lederhendler is a modern historian who teaches on the American and European Jewish experience. He has research interests that include Jewish political history, Jews in the history of international migrations, and the history of economic relations in Jewish society.
Born in the US (1952), BA, Columbia University; M.A. and Ph.D. from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Appointed to the faculty at Hebrew University in 1991. He is currently the vice-dean for research in the Faculty of Humanities. He has served in past years as head of the Institute of Contemporary Jewry as well as head of the Institute of History.
Eli Lederhendler's main areas of research include modern Jewish history in Europe and the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries; migration studies; Jewish cultural history; Yiddish culture.
Selected major publications:
The Road to Modern Jewish Politics (Oxford University Press, 1989)
New York Jews and the Decline of Urban Ethnicity 1950-1970 (Syracuse University Press, 2001)
Jewish Immigrants and American Capitalism, 1880-1920 (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
American Jewry: A New History (Cambridge University Press, 2016).
Co-editor of the annual journal, Studies in Contemporary Jewry