Natan Meir

Natan Meir
Natan Meir

Natan M. Meir, Lorry I. Lokey Chair in Judaic Studies
(503) 725-4038

Office UCB 465C

Courses Taught

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. He strives to make his classroom an inspiring intellectual space. He also speaks or reads eight languages, leads study tours of Ukraine, 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

Research Interests

Social and cultural history of East European Jewry
Modern European Jewish history
History of subaltern and marginalized groups

Representative Publications

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)