University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania Faculty Fellow

Research Topic

Quarantine in the Prague Ghetto: Jews, Christians, and the Plague in Early Modern Europe


Joshua Teplitsky is the Joseph Meyerhoff Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History and the Ruth Meltzer Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Penn. His research focuses on the history of Jewish life in early modern Central Europe within the wider context of Jewish/Christian interaction and minority experience. He is also a codirector of the digital humanities project, “Footprints: Jewish Books through Time and Place.” This ongoing collaborative project traces the movement of Jewish books between 1450 and 1800.

Teplitsky received his Ph.D. in Hebrew and Judaic studies from NYU in 2012.

Selected publications

  • Prince of the Press: How One Collector Built History's Most Enduring and Remarkable Jewish Library (Yale University Press, 2019)
  • Be Fruitful! The Etrog in Jewish Art, Culture, and History, coedited with S. Lieberman Mintz and W. Klein (Mineged Publishing House, 2022).



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.


Devoted to the home, and seeking to advance research that will shed light on this most formative and intimate of contexts for Jewish life. 


Exploring health through the intersection between bodies and systems, language and physicality, religion and science, and beyond.