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Cynthia Francis Gensheimer holds a Ph.D. in economics and is an independent scholar. She is currently writing a book about nineteenth-century American Jewish women’s benevolence.

Ronnie A. Grinberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

Arlene Lazarowitz is Professor of History at California State University, Long Beach, where she teaches courses in American Jewish history and American foreign relations, among others. Her research interests include the association of the American Jewish community with politics and United States relations with Israel.

William Palmer is Professor of History at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. He is the author of four books and over thirty articles on subjects ranging from early modern England and Ireland to historians, historiography, and history departments.


Willa Hammitt Brown, a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Virginia, is writing a dissertation on lumberjacks, masculinity, and the domestication of the frontier in the nineteenth century.

Michael Cohen is an Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Tulane University, where he holds Mellon and Sizeler Professorships. He earned his Ph.D. in American Jewish History from Brandeis University and is the author of The Birth of Conservative Judaism: Solomon Schechter’s Disciples and the Creation of an American Religious Movement (2012). His current research focuses on Jewish merchants in the postbellum Gulf South.

Laurel Leff is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University. She is also the Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies as well as Associate Director of Northeastern’s Jewish Studies Program. She is the author of Buried by The Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper (2005).

Jeffrey Shandler is Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. His most recent book is Shtetl: A Vernacular Intellectual History (2014). [End Page v]



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