Dr. Jonathan Krasner Granted Tenure at HUC-JIR/New York

Friday, June 28, 2013

Dr. Jonathan Krasner, Associate Professor of the American Jewish Experience, has been granted tenure at HUC-JIR/New York, as of July 1, 2013.

Dr. Michael Marmur, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost, stated, “Dr. Krasner has earned our accolades through a combination of acuity, productivity, passion, engagement, and excellence.  It seems to me that however we imagine the future of our institution, qualities as these and faculty members like Dr. Krasner will be at its heart.”

Dr. Krasner received his Ph.D. in Jewish history from Brandeis University (2002) and his Ed.M. from Harvard University (1995).  His current research interests include LGBT Jews, Jewish youth, Jewish pluralistic education, and the economics of Jewish education.

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 was a finalist for the 2012 Sami Rohr Prize in Jewish literature. His 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, theLion and the Unicorn, and Queer Jews. He 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.

He serves as chair of the Network for Research in Jewish Education and is a member of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society, and the sustainability panel of the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education. Jonathan's current research interests include LGBT Jews, Jewish youth, Jewish pluralistic education, and the economics of Jewish education.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Krasner 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.


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