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Joshua Shanes is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, where he teaches a wide range of courses on Jewish religion, politics and history. He is the author of Diaspora Nationalism and Jewish Identity in Habsburg Galicia (Cambridge, 2012), which traces how pre-modern Jews became a modern nation, and has published widely on modern Jewish culture and politics, including Zionism, Yiddish literature, Orthodoxy and political violence, in journals such as Jewish Social Studies, Austrian History Yearbook, and Polin.

Lecture Topics: 

  • Zionism: Ancient Dream or Modern Revolution
  • The Galitsyaners: (Re)discovering Jewish Galicia
  • Hasidism: Origins to Mass Movement