Dr. Sharon Gillerman serves as the Kutz Chair in Jewish History at HUC-JIR's Skirball Campus in Los Angeles. Dr. Gillerman's scholarship focuses on modern German and central European Jewish history with a particular interest in gender history, cultural studies, popular culture, and transnational history.
Professor Gillerman's first book, Germans into Jews: Remaking the Jewish Social Body in the Weimar Republic, was the recipient of the 2010 Book Award from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. The book reconsiders the meaning and process of assimilation by focusing on communal efforts to reinvigorate the Jewish community through strengthening the family, welfare, and increasing reproduction. She has also co-edited a volume of essays with Benjamin Baader and Paul Lerner, Jewish Masculinities: German Jews, Gender and History. Currently, she is writing a book on the performances and reception of the popular Polish Jewish circus strongman and vaudeville star Zishe (Siegmund) Breitbart in eastern Europe, central Europe, and the United States.
Professor Gillerman teaches classes in modern Jewish history, gender and Jewish history, the Holocaust, and the history of Holocaust memorialization. In addition to teaching at HUC-JIR and USC, she has also been a visiting professor at Brandeis University, UCLA, the University of Hamburg, and Harvard University.
Jewish Masculinities: German Jews, Gender, and History co-edited with Benjamin Baader and Paul Lerner. (Indiana University Press, 2012.)
Germans into Jews: Remaking the Jewish Social Body in the Weimar Republic. (Stanford University Press, 2009.)
“Producing Jews: Maternity, Eugenics, and the Embodiment of the Jewish Subject,” in eds. Kathleen Canning, Kerstin Barndt, Kristin McGuire, Weimar Publics/Weimar Subjects: Rethinking the Political Culture of Germany in the 1920s. London: Berghahn Publishers, 2010.
“More than Skin Deep: Histories of the Modern Jewish Body,” Jewish Quarterly Review, Vol. 95 No.3 2005.
“Samson in Vienna: The Politics of Jewish Masculinity,” Jewish Social Studies, Vol. 9 No.2 2003.