Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion
Ellie and Herbert D. Katz Distinguished Fellowship and Erika A. Strauss Teaching Fellowship

Research Topic

Dispersion/Diversion: Consequences of the Migration of Jewish Studies from Germany to America


Michael A. Meyer is the Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History Emeritus at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. He has also been a regular visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Among his books, three of which have won the Jewish Book Council’s National Jewish Book Award, are The Origins of the Modern Jew (1967), Response to Modernity (1988), and Jewish Identity in the Modern World (1990). He has edited Ideas of Jewish History (1974), the four-volume German-Jewish History in Modern Times (1996–1998), and Joachim Prinz, Rebellious Rabbi (2007). He is the author of more than two hundred articles and reviews. From 1978 to 1980 he was president of the Association for Jewish Studies and from 1991 to 2013 he was the international president of the Leo Baeck Institute. During his fellowship this fall, Professor Meyer will continue work on his recent project “Dispersion–Diversion: Consequences of the Migration of Jewish Studies from Germany to America.”



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