History Professor Launches Series on Modern Jewish History

Carsten Schapkow, Associate Professor of History, has been named editor of ”Lexington Studies in Modern Jewish History, Historiography and Memory.” Schapkow, who also serves in the Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies, will edit the multi-volume series.

This series aspires to transcend disciplinary and methodological boundaries, welcoming original scholarship that advances the understanding of the modern Jewish experience. It will cover all geographical areas and periods in modern Jewish history by welcoming scholarly contributions including cultural history, intellectual history, transnational Jewish history, global Jewish history and memory.

“Getting published is extremely demanding. I would like to assist promising new scholars and those who are already established get published in a fair and transparent way,” said Schapkow. “Many scholarly publications in the are of modern Jewish history are not yet translated into English and are first-rate publications. An English-reading audience is thus unable to know about these books and this series will make a difference.”

 Lexington Books, an imprint of The Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., will launch the series this summer.

Schapkow came to OU in August 2005 and specializes in German-Jewish history and modern Jewish historiography from the 18th to the 20th centuries. His classes focus on the modern Jewish experience in its European dimensions. 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. In 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.