Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), announced the appointment of Dr. Jonathan Krasner as Assistant Professor of American Jewish History at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati. Starting July 1, 2002, Krasner will teach a core course in American Jewish History (with Dr. Gary Zola), and will teach electives in such areas as American Jewish Intellectual History, American Jewish Literature, the Sociology of the American Jewish Community, the Historiography of American Jewish History, and American Jewry and Zionism. Rabbi Ellenson stated: "We welcome Dr. Krasner, whose scholarship, teaching, and mentorship will enhance our academic programs."
Dr. Krasner earned his Ph.D. in American Jewish History from Brandeis University and holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University. The recipient of many fellowships, he has been an American Jewish Archives Research Fellow at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati.
He served as Chair of the History Department at the New Jewish High School in Boston, where he developed school-wide curricula, supervised and evaluated teachers, as well as taught courses in American Jewish History, Zionism and Israel, European Jewish History, and Humanities. In addition, he brings to HUC-JIR many years of teaching experience on the college and high school levels.