Hunter College, CUNY

Robert M. SeltzerRobert M. Seltzer is professor of history at Hunter College and the Graduate School of The City University of New York and director of the Hunter interdisciplinary program in Jewish Studies.

Seltzer’s book, Jewish People, Jewish Thought: The Jewish Experience in History (New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1980) is an overview of the development of Jewish life and ideas from biblical times to the present; a second edition is forthcoming. He is the author of articles and reviews on the Russian-Jewish historian and ideologist Simon Dubnow, on Jewish historiography, on East European Jewry in the nineteenth century, on the history of conversion to Judaism, and other areas of Jewish intellectual and cultural history, especially Judaism’s encounter with modernity. He is editor of Judaism: A People and Its History and of Religions of Antiquity (both published by Macmillan in 1989), and co-editor of The American Judaism of Mordecai M. Kaplan (New York University Press, 1990) and The Americanization of the Jews (New York University Press, 1995). He served on the editorial board of the 16-volume Encyclopedia of Religion and as a topic editor for the Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion. Seltzer was a principal consultant for the Museum of Jewish Heritage-New York Holocaust Memorial’s permanent exhibit and is a member of the Education Committee of the museum. He has been general editor of three publication series: “Reappraisals in Jewish Social and Intellectual History” (New York University Press), “Essential Papers in Jewish Studies” (New York University Press), and “Hunter College Occasional Papers in Jewish Studies.” He was advisor for the National Educational Television series Heritage: Civilization and the Jews and consultant for the new and expanded DVD version ofHeritage.

Seltzer served as acting Dean of Social Sciences at Hunter from 1996 to 1998. In April 2000 he received the Hunter College Presidential Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and the Grants Committee of PEF Israel Endowment Funds and of the academic advisory board of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives. He has served as chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Delegates of the American Council of Learned Societies and as president of the Association for Jewish Studies.


  • All of Jewish History in One Hour and a Little More
  • Main Tendencies in Modern Jewish Thought
  • Simon Dubnow and Modern Theories of Jewish History
  • The Future of Liberal Religious Judaism