Steven Windmueller, Ph.D.

Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Service

HUC-JIR/Los Angeles

School of Jewish Nonprofit Management
Academic Field: 
Contemporary Jewish Studies; History
Research Interests: 
American Jewish Political Behavior; Jewish Communal Social and Economic Trends; Jewish Public Policy; Leadership and Organizational Theory and Practice

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Steven Windmueller has been on the faculty of HUC-JIR since 1995. For ten years, he served as the director of the School of Jewish Communal Service (now, the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management). In 2006, Dr. Windmueller was appointed Dean of the Los Angeles campus, a position he held until 2010.  In 2009, President David Ellenson appointed Dr. Windmueller to the Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Chair in Jewish Communal Service.  Presently, Steven is an emeritus member of the LA faculty.

Selected Publications and Edited Works


  • You Shall Not Stand Idly By: A Jewish Community Relations Workbook (American Jewish Committee, 2004)
  • Predictability to Chaos?? How American Jewish Leaders Reinvented their National Jewish Communal System (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 2005).  
  • In this Time and In this Place: American Jewry 3.0 (CreateSpace, 2014)
  • The Quest for Power: A Study in Jewish Political Behavior and Practice (To be released later this year)

Other Publications:

  • “The Jewish Contract with America”  Dan Schnur, Ed. in American Politics and the Jewish Community, Volume 11, Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life (Purdue University Press, 2013)
  • “A Jewish Perspective on the Global Economic Revolutions in a Post-Holocaust World,” Bruce Zuckerman, Ed. In The Impact of the Holocaust in America, Volume 6, Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life (Purdue University Press, 2006)
  • “Through the Lens of Latino-Jewish Relations” Ava Kahn and Marc Dollinger (eds.) California Jews,  (University Press of New England, 2003)
Public Lecture Topics
The Quest for Power: Jewish Political Behavior
The Second American Jewish Revolution: Unpacking Change and Transition within American Jewish Life
The Jewish Contract with America
Insights into the American Jewish Economy: How Jews are Reinventing Themselves
Are Jews Becoming Republicans? An Analysis of American Jewish Voting Patterns