University of Washington
Charles W. and Sally Rothfeld Fellowship

Research Topic

Cold War Zionisms and the Making of American Jewish Politics


Noam Pianko is the Samuel N. Stroum Chair of Jewish Studies and Professor in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. His research interests include modern Jewish history, Zionism, and American Judaism. He is currently examining Zionism in the context of the Cold War.

Pianko received his PhD from the Yale University. He is the President of the Association for Jewish Studies.

Selected publications

  • Jewish Peoplehood: An American Innovation (Rutgers University Press, 2015)
  • Zionism and the Roads not Taken: Rawidowicz, Kaplan, Kohn (Indiana University Press, 2010)



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