Ellen Eisenberg

Ellen Eisenberg

Education

  • B.A., American Studies, Carleton College
  • Ph.D., History, University of Pennsylvania

Research and Teaching

Ellen Eisenberg has taught in the History Department since 1990, and holds the Dwight and Margaret Lear Chair in American History.  She teaches courses on American history since the Civil War, American social history, American Jewish history, American immigration history, the 1960s, Reconstruction, the Holocaust, and a research seminar called History in the Archives.  Several of her courses serve as electives for the American Ethnic Studies program.

Her research centers on the history of American immigrant and ethnic communities, particularly American Jewish communities.  She is the author of Jewish Agricultural Colonies in New Jersey, 1882-1920 (1995).  Her scholarship now centers on Jews in the Pacific West, and she is particularly interested in relationships between western Jews and other minority ethnic groups.  Her work in this ara includes chapters in the anthologies Jewish Life in the American West (2002) and California Jews (2003) and articles in such journals as American Jewish History, The History Teacher, and the Journal of American Ethnic History.  Her monograph, The First to Cry Down Injustice? Western Jews and Japanese Removal during WWII (2008), was a National Jewish Book Award finalist.  Jews of the Pacific Coast:  Reinventing Community on America's Edge, co-authored with Ava Kahn and Bill Toll, was published by the University of Washington Press in 2009.