New York University

Hasia DInerHasia Diner is the Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University, with a joint appointment in the departments of history and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and is the Director of the Goldstein Goren Center for American Jewish History. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2010-2011.

Previously she was a professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland at College Park. Professor Diner held a Fulbright Professorship at the University of Haifa in Israel, 1990-1991. She has been a Lilly Fellow at the Mary I. Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, in 1998 won election to membership in American Academy of Jewish Research and in 2004 to the Society of American Historians. She has also been a fellow at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Research at Princeton University.

She received her Ph.d. in History at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Her bachelor’s degree was awarded in 1968 from the University of Wisconsin and her master’s at the University of Chicago in 1970.

A specialist in immigration and ethnic history, American Jewish history and the history of American women, she is the author of numerous published books, including In the Almost Promised Land: American Jews and Blacks, 1915-1935 (1977, reissued, 1995); Erin’s Daughters in American: Irish Immigrant Women in the Nineteenth Century (1984), and A Time for Gathering: The Second Migration, 1820-1880 the second volume in the Johns Hopkins University Press series, “The Jewish People in America” appeared in 1992.

Lower East Side Memories: The Jewish Place in America was published 2000 by Princeton University Press. In December 2001 Hungering for America: Italian, Irish, and Jewish Foodways in the Age of Migration was published by Harvard University Press. Basic Books released her history of American Jewish women, entitled Her Works Praise Her, in the Spring of 2002 which Professor Diner co-authored with Beryl Leif Benderly. The University of California Press released in the fall of 2004 The Jews of the United States: 1654-2000, a history of American Jewry as part of its series on the histories of modern Jewish communities.

Her book, We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence After the Holocaust, 1945-1962 came out in April, 2009 by New York University Press in the spring of 2009, as did her W.W. Norton critical edition of the 1890 classic, How the Other Half Lives by reformer Jacob Riis. We Remember with Reverence and Love won the 2010 National Jewish Book Award for American Jewish Studies. She is editing a multi-volume reference work on the history of American women.

One of the co-editors of the Dictionary of American History, Professor Diner has served as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society and is president-elect of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society.

She lectures widely to academic and community audiences on various aspects of history, focusing on her specialties of American Jewish history, American women’s history, and immigration history.

Lectures:

  • Wandering Jews: Peddlers, Migrations, and the Discovery of New Worlds
  • Eat and Be Satisfied: Food and the Making of American Jewry
  • Jewish Women in America: A History of Their Own
  • No Generation of Silence: American Jews Remember the Holocaust, 1945-1967
  • The Lower East Side and American Jewish Memory