Jody Ellant and Howard Reiter Family Fellowship

Research Topic

Sanctioned Bigotry: Antisemitism and American Law


Britt Tevis is a historian with special interests in law and Jewish studies. Her current research challenges the myth of American Jewish exceptionalism by examining the ways in which local, state, and federal authorities condoned and/or incited anti-Jewish discrimination, resulting in the curtailment of Jews’ civil rights.

Tevis received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was previously a lecturer of law at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.

Selected publications

  • “‘The People’s Judge’: Jacob Panken, Yiddish Socialism, and American Law,” American Journal of Legal History 59.1 (2019)
  • “The Hebrews Are Appearing in Court in Great Numbers’: Toward a Reassessment of Early Twentieth-Century American Jewish Immigration History,” American Jewish History 100.3 (2016)



Delving into some of the most pressing debates within US history and Jewish history, and examining vital questions shaping Jewish cultural studies, literary theory, and social scientific inquiry