Dr. David E. Kaufman was most recently a faculty member of the Religion Department at Hofstra University, holding the Florence and Robert Kaufman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies from 2009-2014. From 2000-2009, he served on the faculty of the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College, and additionally taught in the undergraduate Jewish studies program of the University of Southern California. He has a B.A. from Columbia College with majors in Architecture and Hebrew Literature, an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and a Ph.D. in American Jewish History from Brandeis University.
Dr. Kaufman has published numerous articles on the social, religious, and architectural history of the American synagogue; a history of the seminal school of Jewish education in America, the Teachers Institute; and a major study of early 20th century Jewish communal institutions, Shul with a Pool: The "Synagogue-Center" in American Jewish History (UPNE 1999). His latest book, Jewhooing the Sixties: American Celebrity and Jewish Identity (UPNE 2012), explores the nature of Jewish celebrity in the early 1960s, and includes chapters on Sandy Koufax, Lenny Bruce, Barbra Streisand, and Bob Dylan.