Schottenstein-Jesselson Curator of Judaica Collections

University of Pennsylvania
Lucius N. Littauer Fellowship

Research Topic

Varieties of Haskalah: Anglo-American vs. German Paradigms of Jewish Religious Enlightenment


Arthur Kiron is the Schottenstein-Jesselson Curator of Judaica Collections at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and an adjunct assistant professor in Penn’s History Department. He manages and develops the Judaic collections throughout the Penn Libraries system and supervises the Library at the Katz Center. In addition, he oversees the Penn Libraries’ Judaica programs of education and outreach, such as exhibits, concerts, workshops, as well as national and international partnerships to digitize significant collections of Judaica. His areas of subject specialization are in Atlantic Jewish history, the history of the Jewish book, and Judaica Digital Humanities, and he directs the Jesselson-Kaplan American Genizah Project and codirects of the Scribes of the Cairo Genizah Project.

Selected publications

  • Editor, Constellations of Atlantic Jewish History: The Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica (Penn Press, 2014)
  • “Cutting and Pasting: Interpreting the Victorian Scrapbook Practices of Sabato Morais,” in For the Sake of Learning: Essays in Honor of Anthony Grafton, ed. by Ann Blair and Anja Goeing (Brill, 2016), 642–59
  • “Heralds of Duty: The Sephardic Italian Jewish Theological Seminary of Sabato Morais” Jewish Quarterly Review 105.2 (2015): 206–49


1998–1999 (2)

Analyzing simultaneously medieval poetry and the texts and philosophical issues of the Haskalah.