Tamar
Menashe

Columbia University
Ruth Meltzer Fellowship

Research Topic

German Jews and the Imperial Supreme Court, 1495–1690

Bio

Tamar Menashe is a historian of late medieval and early modern Jewish and European history, especially in Germany, in what was the Holy Roman Empire. Her research interests lie at the intersections among law, religion, gender, culture, and interfaith relations. Drawing on archival research in twenty-nine archives across three continents, at the Katz Center, Menashe will continue to reconstruct Jews’ intensive pursuit of civil and religious rights at Germany’s Imperial Supreme Court in the context of the wide-ranging legal and religious reforms between 1500–1700.

Menashe received her PhD in History at Columbia University with a dissertation titled “The Imperial Supreme Court and Jews in Cross-Confessional Legal Cultures in Germany, 1495–1690.” Her research has been supported by the Renaissance Society of America, the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, the Central European History Society, the Posen Foundation, DAAD, the Center for Jewish History, and the Association for Jewish Studies.

Fellowship

2021–2022

Studying law between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries, an age of transition from a world of empires to the modern age of the nation-state and international law.