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 book The Freedom to Philosophize: Jewish Identity as Mirrored in the Reception of Baruch de Spinoza in German Literature (in German Bielefeld: Aisthesis 2001).  His monograph Role Model and Counter Model: The Golden Age of Iberian Jewry and German-Jewish Culture during the Era of Emancipation (in German Cologne: Böhlau 2011; in English Lexington Books: 2016) was supported by a grant from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation from 2003 to 2005. 

Schapkow is the co-editor of Conversion in Spaces of Jewish History (Wiesbaden: Reichert 2014) and the co-editor of Darkhei Noam. The Jews of Arab Lands: A Festschrift for Norman (Noam) A. Stillman (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2015).  

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

Besides being a faculty member in History and the Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies, Schapkow serves as the director of the Center for the Study of Nationalism in the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma.  

His classes at OU include Transformation of the Jews, Rebirth of Israel, Jews and Other Germans, Jews and Nationalism in Eastern Europe, From Bismarck to Hitler; The Holocaust, Diasporas and Minorities in Europe (Colloquium and Graduate Seminar), Nations and Nation-States in Europe (Capstone).  

Before coming to OU Schapkow was a Research Fellow at the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University from 2000 to 2005.  He was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Trier, and the University of Graz.  Since 2014 he is associated faculty member at the Selma Stern Zentrum für Jüdische Studien, Berlin-Brandenburg.  Schapkow received his Ph.D. from the Free University Berlin in 2000.