Rebecca
A.
Kobrin

Columbia University

Research Topic

Empire of Charity: Philanthropy, Soft Power, and the Practice of Jewish Politics in Interwar Europe

East European Jews, Money & Speculation in Gilded-Age America

Bio

Rebecca Kobrin is the Russell and Bettina Knapp Associate Professor of American Jewish History at Columbia University. Her research, teaching, and publications engage in the fields of international history, urban history, Jewish history, American religion, and diaspora studies. Her areas of specialty include American Jewish history, immigration history, international history, and Jewish economic history.

Kobrin received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Fellowship

2020–2021

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

2016–2017

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.

2008–2009

Working to expose the shifting linkages between commerce and culture in Jewish life from medieval to modern times.