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2014

  • Shari Rabin, The Kevy Kaiserman Memorial Fellowship, Yale University, Manifest Jews: Mobility and the Making of American Judaism, 1820-1877
  • Rachel Gross, Feinstein Center Summer Fellowship, Princeton University, Objects of Affection: The Material Religion of American Jewish Nostalgia
  • Geraldine Gudefin, Feinstein Center Summer Fellowship, Brandeis University, Navigating the Civil and Religious Worlds: Jewish Marriage and Divorce in France and the United States (1880s-1920s)

2013

  • Zalman Newfield, The Kevy Kaiserman Memorial Fellowship, New York University
    Between the Sacred and the Secular:  Communal Continuity and Change in Contemporary Lubavitch Society
  • Zev Eleff, Brandeis University
    Declarations of Independence: The Formation of Religious discourse and movements within American Judaism
  • Joshua Furman, University of Maryland
    “Jew and American in the Making”:  Approaches to Education and Childrearing in the American Jewish Community, 1945-1967
  • Britt P. Tevis, University of Wisconsin – Madison
    May It Displease the Court: Jewish Lawyers and the Democratization of American Law

2012

  • Amy Weiss, The Kevy Kaiserman Memorial Fellowship, New York University
    Between Cooperation and Competition:  American Jewish and Protestant Zionists, 1939-1977
  • Joseph Gindi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Claiming Tradition:  Contesting the Shift toward Ashkenazi Orthodoxy among Syrian Jews
  • Rachel Rothstein, University of Florida at Gainsville
    “A Relationship of Equals”:  Polish and American Jews and the Creation of a New Polish Jewishness since 1968
  • Katie Rosenblatt, University of Michigan
    “To Protect the Aims of Collective Bargaining with Collective Buying”:  Cooperative Housing, Ecumenical Activism, and the Labor Movement in the Early Cold War.

2011

  • Ronit Yael Stahl, The Kevy Kaiserman Memorial Fellowship, University of Michigan
    God, War, and Politics:  The American Military Chaplaincy and the Making of Modern American Religion
  • Garrett Eisler,  Graduate Center, CUNY
    This Theater is a Battlefield”:  Political Performance and Jewish-American Identity, 1933-1948
  • Rachel Feinmark, University of Chicago
    Look for the Union Label:  The American Federation of Labor and the Jewish Labor Committee’s Partnership for Economic Justice and International Human Rights, 1933-1955
  • Pearl Gluck, City College of New York
    Where is Joel Baum:  The Gender Dynamics and Community Politics of Post Holocaust Williamsburg

2010

  • Leandra Zarnow, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Bella Abzug and the Promise of Progressive Change in Cold War United States
  • Caroline Luce (Honorable Mention), University of California, Los Angeles
    Baking and the Jewish Labor Movement in Los Angeles 1920-1950
  • Amaryah Orenstein (Honorable Mention), Brandeis University
    “Let My People Go” The Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry and the Rise of American Jewish Identity Politics

2009

  • Adam Mendelsohn, College of Charleston
    Center City: Philadelphia and the English-speaking Jewish World in the Mid-Nineteenth Century
  • Maya Balakirsky Katz (Honorable Mention), Touro College
    The Art of Hasidism: Chabad Dynasty and Visual Culture
  • Rebecca Kobrin (Honorable Mention), Columbia University
    Creative Destruction: East European Jewish Immigrant Bankers, Financial Failure and the Reshaping of American Capitalism
  • David S. Koffman (Honorable Mention), New York University
    The Jews’ Indian: Native Americans in the Jewish Imagination and Experience, 1824-1945 

2008

  • Rachel Kranson, New York University
    Grappling with the Good Life: Anxieties of Jewish Affluence in Postwar America
  • Joshua Nathaniel Aaron Lambert (Honorable Mention), University of Michigan
    Unclean Lips: Obscenity and the Jews in North American Literature
  • David S. Koffman (Honorable Mention), New York University
    The Jews’ Indian: Native Americans in the Jewish Experience and Imagination, 1824-1945
  • Erik M. Greenberg (Honorable Mention), University of California, Los Angeles
    “Not for This Did the Prophets Sing and the Martyrs Die:” American Jewish Resistance to the Melting Pot, Circa 1900-1920

2007

  • Marni Davis, Emory University
    On the Side of Liquor: American Jews and the Politics of Alcohol, 1870-1936

2006

  • Lauren Strauss, Jewish Theological Seminary of America
    Painting the Town Red: Jewish Visual Artists, Yiddish Culture, and Progressive Politics in New York, 1917-1939

2005

  • Valerie Thaler, Yale University
    The Reshaping of American Jewish Identity, 1945 to 1960
  • Leah Levitz Fishbane (Honorable Mention), Brandeis University
    An ‘American Hebrew’ Renaissance: Young American Jews and the Challenge of Leadership in Late-19th Century American Judaism

2004

  • Mia Sara Bruch, Stanford University
    The Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man: American Jews and American Religious Pluralism, 1941-1960
  • Joshua A. Perelman (Honorable Mention), New York University
    Choreographing Identity: Modern Dance and American Jewish Life, 1924-1964
  • Ari Y. Kelman (Honorable Mention), University of Pennsylvania
    Station Identification: A Cultural History of New York’s Yiddish Radi

2003

  • Rona Sheramy, Brandeis University
    Defining Lessons: Creating Jewish Memory of the Holocaust across the Generations
  • Lila Corwin Berman (Honorable Mention), Yale University
    Presenting Jews: Jewishness and America, 1920-1960

2002

  • Shana Bernstein, Stanford University
    Building Bridges at Home in a Time of Global Conflict: Interracial Cooperation and the Fight for the Civil Rights in Los Angeles, 1933-1954
  • Lisa Silberman Brenner (Honorable Mention), Columbia University
    The Jazz Singer’s Legacy: The Racial Role-Play of African-American and Jews in Twentieth Century American Performance
  • Susan Gittleman (Honorable Mention), Temple University
    The German Jewish Experience in America, for a biography of Edna Ferber

2001

  • Beth Cohen, Clark University
    Case Closed: Holocaust Survivors in America, 1946-1954
  • Susan Breitzer (Honorable Mention), University of Iowa
    Class, Ethnicity, and Community: The Jewish Working Class of Chicago, 1886-1928
  • Shana Bernstein (Honorable Mention), Stanford University
    Building Bridges at Home in a Time of Global Conflict: Interracial Cooperation and the Fight for Civil Rights in Los Angeles, 1933-1954
  • Alexander Molot (Honorable Mention), New York University
    Between Reform Judaism and Jewish Nationalism: David Neumark and the Problematics of Modern Jewish Identity
  • Arlene Lazarowitz (Honorable Mention), University of California
    Senator Jacob K. Javits and Soviet Jewish Emigration

2000

  • Marc Frey, Temple University
    The American Soviet Jewry Movement, 1958-1972
  • Libby Garland (Honorable Mention), University of Michigan
    Migrants, Aliens, Citizens: United States Immigration Policies and the Making of Jewish Americans, 1919-1939
  • Adam Howard (Honorable Mention), University of Florida
    Return to Zion: Organized American Labor and the Establishment of the State of Israel, 1942-1948

1999

  • Lisa Levenstein, University of Wisconsin
    Poor Jewish Women in Philadelphia, 1920-1960
  • Shuly Rubin Schwartz (Honorable Mention), Jewish Theological Seminary of America
    Serving the Jewish People: The Rebbetzin in American Jewish Life
  • Joellyn Wallen Zollman (Honorable Mention), Brandeis University
    Shopping for a Future: A History of the American Synagogue Gift Shop
  • Lawrence Charap (Honorable Mention), Johns Hopkins University
    Jewish-Prostestant Interfaith Dialogue in the American Religious Press, 1883-1914

1998

  • Michael Alexander, Yale University
    Jazz Age Jews
  • Kirsten Fermaglich (Honorable Mention), New York University
    Perpetrators, Bystanders, and Victims:  Secular Jews, the Holocaust, and American Intellectual Culture, 1959-1978
  • Andrea Most (Honorable Mention), Brandeis University
    Cantors and Jazz Singers: Theatre as a Medium of Modernization and Acculturation

1997

  • Tova Perlmutter, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    The Federal Voting Rights Act and Jews in New York City
  • Arthur Kiron (Honorable Mention), Columbia University
    Sabato Marais:  Italian Rabbinic Humanist in Victorian Philadelphia
  • Rakhmiel Peltz (Honorable Mention), Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania
    Forging the Mainstream of American Jewish History: Children of Immigrants Interpret Their Legacy
  • Mark Frey (Honorable Mention), Temple University
    A Chorus of Protest from the Free World: The American Struggle for Soviet Jewish Emigration, 1957-1963

1996

  • Marc Dollinger, Pasadena City College, California State University at Northridge
    Turning Inward, The Transformation of American Liberal Politics from 1946-1980

1995

  • Aviva Ben-Ur, Brandeis University
    Americanization in a Sephardic Immigrant Community: Two Advice Columns from the New York Ladino Press
  • Alice A. Butler-Smith
    Eisenhower, the Middle East and the Jews: Imitations of Influence

1994

  • Andrew Harrison, Temple University
    Mr. Philadelphia: Albert M. Greenfield (1887-1967)
  • Jeff Watson (Honorable Mention), Brandeis University
    From Parallel Postures to Interface: The Interfaith Movement and Jewish Christian Relations 1917-1933
  • Eli Weinerman (Honorable Mention), Indiana University
    Philadelphia Jewry and American-Soviet Dialogue over Jewish Emigration from the Soviet Union
  • Etan Diamond (Honorable Mention), Carnegie Mellon University
    The Suburbanization of North American’s Orthodox Jews: Toronto, Ontario, 1940-1990