Pennsylvania State University
Maurice Amado Foundation Fellowship

Research Topic

Beyond the Ethnic Paradigm: The History of Jewish Migration to North America


Tobias Brinkmann is the Malvin and Lea Bank Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and History at Pennsylvania State University in University Park. His current research examines Jewish migration from Eastern Europe between the years 1860 and 1950. At the Katz Center, Brinkmann will focus on Jewish migration to North America.

Brinkmann received his PhD from the Technical University of Berlin. He is currently co-editor of the interdisciplinary journal Jewish Culture and History, and a member of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society and the Board of the Leo Baeck Institute in London.

Selected publications

  • Sundays at Sinai: A Jewish Congregation in Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2012)
  • Migration und Transnationalität: Perspektiven deutsch-jüdischer Geschichte [Migration and Transnationalism: Perspectives of German Jewish History] (Schöningh, 2012)



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