Fordham University 

Magda Teter

Magda Teter grew up in Cold-War Poland. Having received an M.A. from the School of Oriental Studies at the University of Warsaw, Poland, she moved to New York and earned her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She taught Jewish History at Wesleyan University, and is currently the Shvidler Chair in Jewish Studies at Fordham University. She specializes in early modern religious and cultural history, with emphasis on Jewish-Christian relations in eastern Europe, the politics of religion, and transmission of culture among Jews and Christians across Europe in the early modern period.  Her research takes her to different archives in Europe, among them the Secret Vatican Archives and the Vatican Library. She is the author of Jews and Heretics in Catholic Poland (Cambridge University Press, 2006), Sinners on Trial (Harvard University Press, 2011), and a co-editor of and contributor to Social and Cultural Boundaries in Pre-modern Poland (Littman, 2010). She is completing a book on the legal and cultural history of blood libels against Jews in premodern Europe. In addition to her books, she has published numerous articles in English, Polish, and Hebrew. She serves on the editorial boards of Polin, the Sixteenth Century Journal, the AJS Review, and is co-founder and editor of the Early Modern Workshop, which is an open source site with historical texts and videos of scholars discussing them. Follow this link to view selections of Magda Teter’s publications.

Teter’s work has been supported by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2012), the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (in 2007 and 2012), the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, YIVO Institute, and the Yad Ha-Nadiv Foundation (Israel), among others. In 2002, she was a Harry Starr Fellow in Jewish Studies at Harvard University, and in 2007–2008, an Emeline Bigelow Conland Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies also at Harvard University. In 2017–2018 Teter held the Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.


  • Technology, Media, and Antisemitism
  • Jews in European Christian Imagination
  • Jewish-Catholic Relations: Continuity and Change in the Vatican II Declaration “Nostra Aetate”
  • Jews in Eastern Europe: Looking beyond the Shtetl
  • Jewish-Catholic Dialogue in Post-War Poland
  • Jewish-Christian Relations in History, Memory, and Art
  • Jews and Christians in Pre-Modern Poland: A Shared History
  • Jews in the Secret Vatican Archives: A History of Jewish Diplomacy
  • The Pleasures and Dangers of Daily Jewish-Christian Encounters
  • Jews and the Catholic Church
  • Understanding Modernity through Premodern Jewish History
  • Jewish Integration and Identity before Modernity