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Nancy Sinkoff

Nancy Sinkoff (bio)

Associate Professor of History
and Jewish Studies
Director, Center for European Studies

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14 College Avenue,
Miller Hall
(848) 932-8681
Ph.D. Columbia University
M.A. Columbia University and the
Jewish Theological Seminary of America
B.A. Harvard-Radcliffe College
Fellow, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 2015-2017


  • Jewish History, particulary Early Modern Poland and Modern Europe
  • Jewish Politics
  • Jewish Labor and the Jewish Left
  • European Enlightenment


The Ancient and Medieval Experience
The Early Modern and Modern Experience
The History of East European Jewry
Jewish Historical Fictions
Jewish Politics, Jewish Power
Jewish Society and Culture II
Community and Crisis
Modern Jewish Historiography


"Yidishkayt and the Making of Lucy S. Dawidowicz," Introduction to Lucy S. Dawidowicz, From That Place and Time: A Memoir, 1938-1947 (Rutgers University Press , 2008).

Out of the Shtetl: Making Jews Modern in the Polish Borderlands, (Brown Judaic Studies 336, 2004).

From That Place and Time  Out of the Shtetl
AJH 100.1 doc

pdf A Melancholy Offering, Tendered with Esteem, The Jewish Quarterly Review, Vol. 107, No. 3 (Summer 2017) 409–426

pdf From the Archives: Lucy S. Dawidowicz and the Restitution of Jewish Cultural Property ,” American Jewish History 100:1 (January 2016): 117-147.

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" pdf Sisters and Strangers: Hannah Arendt and Lucy S. Dawidowicz ," Heritage (Winter 2014): 22-23.

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" pdf What's A Friend To Do? ," Lilith Magazine, The Lilith Blog, February 11, 2013.

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" pdf From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz's Political Life ," Frankel Institute Annual (2012): 15-17.

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pdf Review essay  of Benjamin Balint, Running Commentary: The Contentious Magazine that Transformed the Jewish Left into the Neoconservative Right and Nathan Abrams, Norman Podhoretz and Commentary Magazine: The Rise and Fall of the Neocons. American Jewish History, Volume 96, Number 1 (March 2010): pp. 83-88.

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" pdf Fiction's Archive: Authenticity, Ethnography and Philosemitism in John Hersey's The Wall ",
Jewish Social Studies: History, Culture, Society, n.s. 17, no. 2 (Winter 2011): 48–79.

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"(What Was Once) The World's Largest Jewish Community",
Jewish Quarterly Review, Vol. 97, No. 4 (Fall 2007) 647–659.

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"History and Law: The Case of Joseph Perl in Austrian Galicia, "
(Hebrew), The Varieties of Haskalah, Shmuel Feiner and Israel Bartal, editors (Jerusalem: The Magnes Press, 2005): 123-136.

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"The Maskil, the Convert, and the Agunah: Joseph Perl as a Historian of Jewish Divorce Law,"
AJS Review 27:2 (2003), 281-300.

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" pdf Strategy and Ruse in the Haskalah of Mendel Lefin of Satanów (1749-1826) ,"
New Perspectives on the Haskalah, David Sorkin and Shmuel Feiner, editors
(London and Portland, OR: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2001): 86-102.

"Triestine Jewry: The Exception that Proves the Habsburg State-Building Rule." Review of Lois Dubin, The Port Jews of Habsburg Trieste: Absolutist Politics and Enlightenment Culture (Stanford, CA, 1999),
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"Benjamin Franklin in Jewish Eastern Europe: Cultural Appropriation in the Age of the Enlightenment," Journal of the History of Ideas 61.1 (January, 2000): 133-152.

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pdf Educating for "Proper" Jewish Womanhood: A Case Study in Domesticity and Vocational Training , 1897-1926 , American Jewish History, 77:4 (1988:June) p.572.


"The Centrality of the Polish Language and of Polish History to the History of European Jewry"
"The Worlds of Sara Levy"
The Life and Work of Lucy S. Dawidowicz



American Historical Association
American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies
Association for Jewish Studies
Women's Caucus, Association for Jewish Studies
Columbia Faculty Seminar, Center for Israel and Jewish Studies


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Dept of Jewish Studies
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New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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