Professor Adam Mendelsohn’s research and teaching focuses on how ethnic minorities have grappled with modernity, with a particular emphasis on the experience of Jews.
Adam is co-editor of the journal American Jewish History. He curated the exhibitions The First Jewish Americans at the New-York Historical Society and By Dawn’s Early Light at the Princeton University Museum of Art. He directs the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies.
Research Interests and Areas of Supervision
- Ethnic and religious minorities in South Africa
- Modern Jewish history
- The Rag Race: How Jews Sewed their Way to Success in America and the British Empire, New York University Press, Goldstein-Goren Series in American Jewish History (hardcover in 2015; paperback in 2016)
- Winner of the Best First book Prize from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society
- Winner of the National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies
- Winner of the quadrennial Book Prize from the Southern Jewish Historical Society
- Finalist, Jordan Schnitzer Book Award from the Association for Jewish Studies
- Finalist, Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature
- Jewish Soldiers in the Civil War: The Union Army (New York University Press, 2022)
- Finalist, National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies
Jewish Soldiers in the Civil War: The Confederate Army (under contract with New York University Press)
- Yearning to Breathe Free: Jews in Gilded-Age America (Princeton: Princeton University Library, 2022, republished by Princeton University Press in 2023), a 21-essay collection coedited with Jonathan D. Sarna.
- By Dawn’s Early Light: Jewish Contributions to American Culture from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War (Princeton University Library, 2016), exhibition catalog with 13 original essays
- Transnational Traditions: New Perspective on American Jewish History, with Ava Kahn (Wayne State University Press, 2014)
- Jews and the Civil War: a Reader, with Jonathan D. Sarna (New York University Press, 2010)
- Thierry Rousset, Gavaza Maluleke, and Adam Mendelsohn, The Dynamics of Racism, Antisemitism, and Xenophobia on Social Media in South Africa (Johannesburg: KAS Media Africa, 2022). Available at https://www.kas.de/en/web/medien-afrika/einzeltitel/detail/-/content/dynamics-of-racism-antisemitism-and-xenophobia
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
- “The Civil War and Reconstruction,” The Oxford Handbook of American Jewish History (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
- “Jews and New Cities,” with Tobias Brinkmann in Jewish Culture and History 23, 4 (2023)
- “The Legacies of the Civil War for American Jews,” in Adam Mendelsohn and Jonathan D. Sarna, eds., Yearning to Breathe Free: Jews in Gilded-Age America (Princeton: Princeton University Library, 2022), 27-54.
- “South African Jewry” in the Oxford Bibliographies in Jewish Studies (with Milton Shain), 2021.
- “Not the Retiring Kind: Jewish Colonials in England in the mid-19th century” in Maud Mandel, Ethan Katz, and Lisa Leff, eds., Colonialism and the Jews (Indiana University Press, 2017)
- “Great Britain, the Commonwealth, and Anglophone Jewry,” The Cambridge History of Judaism, vol. 8 (Cambridge University Press, 2017)