Carsten Schapkow

Associate Professor


Professor Carsten Schapkow specializes in German-Jewish History and Modern Jewish Historiography from the 18th to the 20th century. Schapkow is the author of The Freedom to Philosophize: Jewish Identity as Mirrored in the Reception of Baruch de Spinoza in German Literature, which appeared in 2001 at Aisthesis publishers in Bielefeld. His monograph Role Model and Counter model: Iberian Jewry in German-Jewish Remembrance Culture 1779-1939 (Cologne, Böhlau-Verlag 2011; Lexington Books, 2016) was supported by a Fritz Thyssen Foundation scholarship from 2003-2005. The book discusses the perception of Iberian-Sephardic Culture among German-speaking Jews. Schapkow is the co-editor of Conversion in Spaces of Jewish History, which has been released by Reichert Publishers in Wiesbaden, Germany.  His classes at OU focus on the Modern Jewish Experience in its European dimensions. Schapkow teaches Modern Jewish History (1492-1948), Rebirth of Israel, Transformation of the Jews (1750-1933), Jews and Other Germans, The Holocaust, and Jews and Nationalism in Eastern Europe (1772-1948).  Schapkow is the co-editor of Conversion in Spaces of Jewish History and Darkhei Noam. The Jews of Arab Lands: A Festschrift for Norman (Noam) A. Stillman.

In 2017, Schapkow became the inaugural editor for the Lexington Studies in Modern Jewish History Historiography, and Memory.

Before coming to OU Schapkow was a Research Fellow at the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University from 2000-2005. In the Fall 2003 he was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Schapkow received his Ph.D. from the Free University Berlin in 2000.