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Associate Professor of the American Jewish Experience
Jonathan Krasner is an Associate Professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. His book, The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education (Brandeis University Press, 2011), won the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in the category of American Jewish Studies and is a finalist for the 2012 Sami Rohr Prize in Jewish literature. Jonathan received his Ph.D. in Jewish history from Brandeis University in 2002. He also holds a Ed.M. from Harvard University. Jonathan's work has appeared in many academic journals and anthologies, including Jewish Social Studies, American Jewish History, the Journal of Jewish Education, the American Jewish Archives Journal, the Lion and the Unicorn and Queer Jews. Jonathan is also the co-author (with Jonathan Sarna) of a two volume Jewish history textbook for middle school students, the History of the Jewish People. Prior to his academic career, Jonathan was the founding chairman of the history department at Gann Academy -- The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston. He lives with his family in Andover, Massachusetts.
Areas of Expertise:
- Ph.D., Brandeis University (2002)
- Ed.M., Harvard University (1995)
- American Jewish history and culture
- American Jewish sociology
- History and sociology of American Jewish education
- Jewish history and social studies education
- Jewish youth
- Jewish gender and sexuality
- The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education (Brandeis University Press, 2011)
- The History of the Jewish People, Volumes 1 and 2 (Behrman House, 2006, 2007)
- "The Limits of Cultural Zionism in America: The Case of Hebrew in the New York City Public Schools," American Jewish History 95 (December 2009), pp. 349-372.
- “The Historiography of American Jewish Education: A Case for Guarded Optimism,” International Handbook of Jewish Education, edited by Lisa Grant, Helena Miller and Alex Pomson, et al. (London: Springer, May 2011), pp. 117-142
- “‘Are You There God?’ Judaism and Jewishness in Judy Blume’s Adolescent Fiction” (with Prof. Joellyn Zollman), Shofar (September 2010).
- "Jewish Education and Economic Downturn: Lessons from the Great Depression," Jewish Educational Leadership 8 (Winter 2010), pp. 11-17.
- “Sadie Rose Weilerstein Through the Looking Glass: K’tonton and the American Jewish Zeitgeist,” in Dreamers and Doers: Women Who "Reconstructed" American Jewish Education, edited by Carol Ingall (Brandeis University Press, 2010), pp. 117-141.
- “The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Talmud Torah: The Central Jewish Institute and the Making of Interwar American Jewish Identity,” in Rav Chesed: Haskel Lookstein Jubilee Volume, edited by Rafael Medoff (KTAV, 2009), pp. 411-467.
- “Constructing Collective Memory: The Re-envisioning of Eastern Europe as Seen through American Jewish Textbooks,” Polin 19 (2007), pp. 229-255
- “The Interwar Family and American Jewish Identity in Clifford Odets’s ‘Awake and Sing!,’ Jewish Social Studies 13:1 (2006), pp. 2-30
- “Jewish Education and American Jewish Education, Part 1,” Journal of Jewish Education 71 (2005), pp. 121-177
- “Jewish Education and American Jewish Education, Part 2,” Journal of Jewish Education 71 (2006), pp. 279-317
- “Jewish Education and American Jewish Education, Part 3,” Journal of Jewish Education 72 (2006), pp. 29-76
- “Jewish Chautauqua, Jewish History, and a Jewish Correspondence School: A Failed Experiment in Jewish Education,” American Jewish Archives Journal 56 (2004) pp. 57-93
- “When the Present Took Precedence Over the Past: Social Adjustment and the Mainstreaming of American Jewish History in the Supplementary School,” Journal of Jewish Education 70 (2004), pp. 27-39
- “Why Teach American Jewish History,” Jewish Education News 25 (Summer 2004), pp. 35-37.
- “‘New Jews’ in an Old-New Land: Images in American Jewish Textbooks Prior to 1948,” Journal of Jewish Education 69 (2003) pp. 7-22
- “A Recipe for American Jewish Integration: The Adventures of K’tonton and Hillel’s Happy Holidays,” The Lion and the Unicorn 27 (2003), pp. 344-361.
- “Without Standing Down: The First Queer Jewish Street Protest,” in Queer Jews, edited by David Shneer and Caryn Aviv(Routledge, 2002), pp. 119-134.