University of California, L.A.
Ellie and Herbert D. Katz Distinguished Fellowship

Research Topic

An American Shtetl: Politics and Piety in Kiryas Joel, New York

Beyond History: Anti-Historicism in Modern Jewish Thought


David N. Myers is the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Los Angeles and Director of the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy. His fields of expertise are modern Jewish intellectual and cultural history.



Asking if and how Jewish history, culture, and experience offered new paradigms with which to engage the politicaland, conversely, how mainstream political theories might expand Jewish studies in new and productive directions.


Deepening our understanding of the intellectual revolution at the heart of modern Jewish history.


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


Taking stock of the distinctive properties of, and putative boundary between, traditional memory and modern critical history.