University of Florida

Jack KugelmassJack Kugelmass is Professor of Anthropology and the Sam Melton Professor and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida. He received a B.A. from McGill University, an M.A. and Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research. He previously taught at the Max Weinreich Center for Advanced Jewish Studies, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Arizona State University. Among other books he is the editor of Jews, Sports and the Rites of Citizenship (Illinois, 2006), Key Texts in American Jewish Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2003), Going Home: How American Jews Invent the Old Country (Northwestern University Press, 1993) author of The Miracle of Intervale Avenue: The Story of a Jewish Congregation in the South Bronx (Columbia University Press, 1996) and co-author of From A Ruined Garden: The Memorial Books of Polish Jewry (Indiana University Press, 1998), Let There Be Laughter (Spertus Museum, 1997), and Masked Culture: The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade (Columbia University Press 1994). He is currently working on a book on twentieth-century Yiddish travelogues. He was the editor for two terms of City & Society,  the journal of the Society for Urban, National, Transnational and Global Anthropology. He has been awarded fellowships by the Canada Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Lady Davis Foundation, the Hebrew University, the University of Wisconsin Humanities Center, the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University, and three times from the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.


  • Battling for Spain: Yiddish Writers in Spain Before and During the Civil War
  • Making Sense of American Jewish Humor
  • Traveling to the Old Country: Yiddish and Hebrew Journalists Visiting Poland Immediately After World War II