FacultyLila Corwin Berman

Associate Professor of History; Murray Friedman Chair of American Jewish History; and Director of the Feinstein Center for American Jewish HistoryBermanHeadshot

916 Gladfelter Hall
1115 W. Berks St


US urban history; modern Jewish history


Lila Corwin Berman is Associate Professor of History at Temple University. She holds the Murray Friedman Chair of American Jewish History and directs the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. Berman received her B.A. from Amherst College and her Ph.D. from Yale. She is author of Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity (2009). The book has been awarded recognition from the Center for Jewish History and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, and was a finalist for the Jewish Book Council’s Sami Rohr Prize. Berman is currently completing a book entitled “Metropolitan Jews: Politics, Race, and Religion Postwar Detroit” (University of Chicago Press, 2015) that traces Jews’ movement away from urban America in the postwar years. The project has received support from the National Endowment of the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and University of Michigan’s Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies. Her articles have appeared in many publications, including the Journal of American History, Jewish Social Studies, American Jewish History, Religion and American Culture, the Forward, and Sh’ma. Berman has also published essays in two edited volumes—Gender and Jewish History (2010) and Boundaries of Jewish Identity (2010). She has been invited to deliver lectures at universities throughout the country and is an active participant in professional organizations including the Association for Jewish Studies and the American Jewish Historical Society.

Selected Publications

• Metropolitan Jews: Politics, Race, and Religion in Postwar Detroit (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2015)
• Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity (University of California Press, 2009)
• “Jewish Urban Politics in the City and Beyond,” Journal of American History 99, 2 (Sept 2012): 492-519
• “Gendered Journeys: Jewish Migrations and the City in Postwar America,” in Gender and Jewish History, ed. Marion Kaplan and Deborah Dash Moore (Indiana University Press, 2010)
• “Blame, Boundaries, and Birthrights: Jewish Intermarriage in Mid-Century America,” in The Boundaries of Jewish Identity, ed. Susan Glenn and Naomi Sokoloff (University of Washington Press, 2010)
• “Sociology, Jews, and Intermarriage in Twentieth-Century America,” Jewish Social Studies 14, no. 2 (Winter 2008): 32-60
• “American Jews and the Ambivalence of Middle Classness,” American Jewish History 93, 4 (December 2007): 409-434

Courses Taught

  • History/Jewish Studies 2705: Antisemitism/Holocaust/Racism
  • Jewish Studies 0802: Race and Judaism
  • History 8206: Recent US Urban History (Graduate Course)
  • History 8800: Special Topics: Religion & Ethnicity in 20th Century America (Graduate Course)