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Nathaniel Deutsch is a professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he holds the Neufeld-Levin Endowed Chair in Holocaust Studies and is the Director of the Center for Jewish Studies. He is the author of two books on Gnosticism and Jewish mysticism, as well as The Maiden of Ludmir: A Jewish Holy Woman and Her World (The University of California Press, 2003), Inventing America’s Worst Family: Eugenics, Islam, and Fall and Rise of the Tribe of Ishmael (The University of California Press, 2008), The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement (Harvard University Press, 2011), for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and which won the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award from the Association for Jewish Studies.  In addition, he is the co-editor of Black Zion: African American Religious Encounters with Judaism (Oxford University Press, 2000).


  • The rise of Haredi Judaism and the Future of the Jewish People
  • The Status of Women in Contemporary Haredi Communities
  • The Role of Minhag (custom) in the Creation of Modern Jewish Movements
  • The Origins and History of Jewish Ethnography