Brown University
Jody Ellant and Howard Reiter Family Term Fellow
Ruth Meltzer FellowshipRose and Henry Zifkin Teaching Fellowship
Nancy S. and Laurence E. Glick Teaching Fellowship

Research Topic

In All Directions: The Polish-Jewish Refugee Crisis and The Shape of the Jewish World in the 17th Century

Reconstruction of Polish Jewish Society, 1660's

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


Adam Teller is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies in the department of history at Brown University. He was co-editor of Borders and Boundaries in the History of the Jews in Old Poland (2010), and the author of Money, Power, and Influence: The Jews on the Radziwill Estatesin 18th Century Lithuania (2005). Adam’s work at the center will examine how the Polish Jewish refugees displaced by the mid- seventeenth century wars in Eastern Europe and the Ukraine affected trans-local and trans-regional 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.