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) 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). 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.