Klatt Family Director for Public Programs

University of Pennsylvania


Anne Albert is the Katz Center’s Klatt Family Director for Public Programs and executive editor of the Jewish Quarterly Review. Previously, she was a fellow in the years 2010–11 (Conversion) and 2013–14 (Early Modernity).

She is the author of Jewish Politics in Spinoza's Amsterdam (Littman, 2022), which was recognized as the finalist for the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in the category of Jewish Thought and Philosophy from the Association for Jewish Studies. She is also the coeditor (with Noah S. Gerber and Michael A. Meyer) of Frontiers of Jewish Scholarship: Expanding Origins, Transcending Borders (Penn Press, 2022), and author of various essays on early modern Jewish cultural and religious history, political thought, and historiography. Her research has been supported by the U.S. Fulbright Program, the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the American Association of University Women, among others. She teaches in the Department of History at Penn and taught at Brown University, Swarthmore College, and Bryn Mawr College before coming to the Katz Center.


Selected publications

  • "​Return by Any Other Name: Religious Change Among Amsterdam's New Jews," in Bastards and Believers: Jewish Converts and Conversion from the Bible to the Present, ed. Theodor Dunkelgrün and Pawel Maciejko (Penn Press, 2020)
  • “On the Possibility of Jewish Politics in Our Time: Scholem, Exile, and Early Modern Transformations” in All Religion Is Inter-Religion: Essays in Honor of Steven M. Wasserstrom, ed. Kambiz Ghanea-Bassiri and Paul M. Robertson (Bloomsbury, 2019)
  • “The Rabbi and the Rebels: A Pamphlet on the Herem by Rabbi Isaac Aboab da Fonseca,” Jewish Quarterly Review (2014)
  • “‘A Civil Death’: Sovereignty and the Jewish Republic in an Early Modern Treatment of Genesis 49:10” in Jewish Culture in Early Modern Europe: Essays in Honor of David B. Ruderman, ed. Richard I. Cohen, Natalie B. Dohrmann, Adam Shear, and Elchanan Reiner (Hebrew Union College Press, 2014)



Examining the boundary between Judaism and other religions with a concurrent study of parallel social and religious phenomena and historical contexts.