Brown University
Nancy S. and Laurence E. Glick Teaching Fellowship

Research Topic

Social and Cultural History of the Rabbinate in Early Modern Poland-Lithuania


Adam Teller is professor of Judaic studies and history at Brown University and a fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research. He is the author of Money, Power, and Influence in Eighteenth-Century Lithuania: The Jews on the Radziwiłł Estates (Stanford 2016) and Rescue the Surviving Souls: The Great Jewish Refugee Crisis of the Seventeenth Century (Princeton 2020; winner of the Rachel Feldhay Brenner Award in Polish-Jewish Studies and finalist for the 2020 National Jewish Book Award in History). Teller’s work at the Katz Center examined how the Polish Jewish refugees displaced by the mid-seventeenth-century wars in Eastern Europe affected translocal and transregional systems that connected world Jewry in those years.



Engaging in a critical analysis of secularization, the secular, and secularism, and their effects on religious, intellectual, and political life.


Working to expose the shifting linkages between commerce and culture in Jewish life from medieval to modern times.


Mining the extraordinarily rich history and culture of East European Jewry.