Academic Director and program Chair
Professor Natan Meir
Natan Meir, Lorry I. Lokey Chair in Judaic Studies
Office UCB 465C
JST 201: Introduction to Judaism
JST/HST 318U: Jewish History II from the Middle Ages to the Present
JST/HST 380U: The Holocaust
JST/HST 381U: Kabbalah
HST 405/407: Colloquium and Seminar in East European Jewish History (The Shtetl)
Course Syllabi for Past Terms
PDF iconJST 318U Jewish History II Syllabus.pdf
PDF iconJST 380U The Holocaust Syllabus.pdf
PDF iconHST 407E Shtetl Seminar Syllabus.pdf
PDF iconJST 405 Shtetl Seminar Syllabus.pdf
From his groundbreaking research on the Jews of Russia to his work as a consultant for Moscow’s Jewish Museum, Professor Natan Meir has earned an international reputation as a scholar of Jewish social, cultural, and religious history. His latest book, Stepchildren of the Shtetl, recovers the histories of Jewish Eastern Europe’s social outcasts: the disabled, the mentally ill, orphans, and beggars, and he is currently engaged in a new project on folklore, magic, and sexuality in European Jewish culture. Students praise his classroom as an inspiring intellectual space. He also speaks eight languages, leads study tours of Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, and is probably pondering questions of historical causality—and what to make for dinner—while trail-running.
Ph.D. Jewish History, Columbia University, 2004
M.Phil. Jewish History, Columbia University, 1999
B.A. History, Columbia University, 1994
Social and cultural history of East European Jewry
Modern European Jewish history
History of subaltern and marginalized groups
"Stepchildren of the Shtetl: The Destitute, Disabled, and Mad of Jewish Eastern Europe, 1800-1939" (Stanford University Press, 2020).
"Kiev, Jewish Metropolis: A History, 1859-1914." (Indiana University Press, 2010).
"Anti-Jewish Violence: Rethinking the Pogrom in East European History, co-editor." (Indiana University Press, 2010).
Public History Projects
Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow (member of academic advisory committee, author of all museum text)