Dr. Jonathan Krasner Promoted to Associate Professor of American Jewish History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Dr. Jonathan Krasner has been promoted to Associate Professor of American Jewish History at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati as of July 1, 2011.

In announcing Dr. Krasner’s promotion, Dr. Michael Marmur, Vice President for Academic Affairs, stated: “Dr. Krasner is recognized as a rising star in the history of American Jewish education, and his forthcoming book The Benderly Boys and the Making of American Jewish Education represents a major contribution to the field.  His work has played a significant role in planning for the Jim Joseph Foundation Education Initiative at HUC-JIR, which is expanding our education programs. Dr. Krasner’s pedagogy is inclusive, collaborative, and committed, and he will come to play an even more central role in the fields of History and Education at the College-Institute.”

Dr. Krasner received his doctorate in Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University in 2002, and wrote his dissertation on the “Representations of Self and Other in American Jewish Religious School Textbooks.” He also holds a masters degree in education from Harvard University.  A member of the HUC-JIR faculty since 2002, his teaching encompasses Jewish history from antiquity to the present, the history of American Jewish education, American Zionism, American Jewish sociology, gender and Jewish history, and teaching the Shoah.

Dr. Krasner’s book The Benderly Boys and the Making of American Jewish Education (Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England) is forthcoming. He is the co-author (with Dr. Jonathan Sarna) of The History of the Jewish People: A Story of Tradition and Change, Volumes 1 and 2. His articles appear in books, including International Handbook of Jewish Education (forthcoming), Rav Chesed: Haskel Lookstein Jubilee Volume, Dreamers and Doers: Women Who Reconstructed American Jewish Education, Encyclopedia of American Jewish History, and the anthology Queer Jews, and in academic journals, including the Journal of Jewish Education, Jewish Educational Leadership, The Lion and the Unicorn, American Jewish Archives Journal, Jewish Education News, Shofar, Polin, and Jewish Social Studies. Dr. Krasner has presented his scholarship at major academic conferences.

Prior to completing his doctorate in 2002, he was history department chairman at the New Jewish High School of Greater Boston. He continues to work as a freelance consultant on curriculum development issues in the day school setting.


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