Michael Weingrad

Prof. Michael Weingrad

Professor of Judaic Studies


(503) 725-3085

Office: UCB C465K







Courses Taught

ENG 330U: Jewish & Israeli Literature

ENG 340: Messiahs in Modern Jewish Literature

ENG 367U: Jewish American Literature & Culture, 1880-1950

ENG 367U: Jewish American Literature & Culture, 1950-Present

ENG 373: Topics in Literature, Race, and Ethnicity

ENG 410: Baghdad in Modern Jewish Literature

FILM 384U: Topics in American Cinema and Culture: The American Jewish Experience in Film


From the latest Israeli science fiction novels, to the politics of Jews in the United States, to the memoirs of Jewish Baghdad, Professor Michael Weingrad loves exploring a wide range of Jewish literature and culture in the modern period. He teaches courses on modern Jewish and Israeli literature, the Jewish experience in America, and other topics. He is currently working on a book about Jews and fantasy literature, and he is a regular contributor to the Jewish Review of Books and Mosaic magazine. He is happiest in a Jerusalem café.


  • Ph.D. English, University of Washington, Seattle 1999
  • M.A. English, University of Washington, Seattle 1993
  • B.A. English, Yale University, New Haven 1990 

Research Interests

  • Modern Jewish literature, culture, and politics
  • Hebrew and Israeli literature and culture
  • Poetry and translation
  • Science fiction and fantasy


    Michael Weingrad is the author of American Hebrew Literature: Writing Jewish National Identity in the United States and the editor and translator of Letters to America: Selected Poems of Reuven Ben-Yosef.  His essays and reviews, on topics ranging from Israeli fantasy and science fiction to the Jews of Baghdad, have appeared in the Jewish Review of BooksMosaic, and a range of other magazines and scholarly journals.  He has been a Fulbright Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Montague Burton Fellow in Jewish Studies at the University of Leeds, and a Harry Starr Fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard.  A selection of his recent writing can be found at www.investigationsandfantasies.com.