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  • Nancy Sinkoff
  • Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies; Academic Director, Bildner Center
  • Schools: 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
  • Office Address: 12 College Avenue, Bildner Center
  • Email Address: nsinkoff@rutgers.edu
  • Phone Number: 848-932-8681


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


From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History, (Wayne State University Press, forthcoming). Pre-order Information: https://www.wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/left-right

Cypess, Rebecca and Sinkoff, Nancy, eds. Sara Levy's World: Gender, Judaism, and the Bach Tradition in Enlightenment Berlin. (University of Rochester Press, June 2018).
2019 Book Prize winner, the Jewish Studies and Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society

"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).

left right 102869Sara Levys WorldFrom That Place and TimeOut of the Shtetl


"The Creation of Sara Levy’s World", guest post by Rebecca Cypess and Nancy Sinkoff, Proofed, a Boydell and Brewer blog, July 4, 2018.

Enlightenment Migrations travelogue

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

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

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

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

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

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.

"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.

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

"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.

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

"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),
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (H-NET List for the study of East Central European History since 1500). May 24, 2000.

"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.

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

Faculty News

Music department's Associate Director, Rebecca Cypess, discusses the meaning of music on Work of Art: The Mason Gross Podcast. - Listen now

Professor Paul Hanebrink's book, A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism, is reviewed by Aidan Beatty. - Read review

"Orthodox Female Clergy Embodying Religious Authority" article by Assistant Professor, Michal Raucher, is published in the Fall 2019 AJS Perspectives. Read article or check out magazine

Tartakoff CoverDepartment Chair and Associate Professor, Paola Tartakoff's new book, Conversion, Circumcision, and Ritual Murder in Medieval Europe, is now available. - Order now

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