PhD, History, University of Pennsylvania
BA, American Studies, Carleton College
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 and African American history since the Civil War, American social history, American Jewish history, American immigration history, the 1960s, Reconstruction, and a research seminar called History in the Archives. Several of her courses serve as electives for the American Ethnic Studies program.
Ellen Eisenberg's research centers on the history of American immigrant and ethnic communities, particularly American Jewish communities. Since the mid-1990s, she has focused on Jews in the Pacific West, with an emphasis on relationships between Jews and other minority ethnic groups. She has written four monographs on Jews in the West, as well as publishing a number of articles and book chapters. The First to Cry Down Injustice? Western Jews and Japanese Removal during WWII (2008), was a National Jewish Book Award finalist. Her a two-volume history of Jews in Oregon was published in 2015 and 2016.
Nation of Immigrants
American Immigration History
African American History, 1865-present
Topics in American History, 1865-present
History in the Archives
American Jewish History
History Workshop: Race and Ethnicity in the American West
Books — Edited and Authored
The Jewish Oregon Story, 1950-2010 (2016)
Embracing a Western Identity: Jewish Oregonians 1849-1950 (2015)
Jews of the Pacific Coast: Reinventing Community on America's Edge (co-authored with Ava Kahn and Bill Toll, 2010)
The First to Cry Down Injustice? Western Jews and Japanese Removal during WWII (2008)
Jewish Agricultural Colonies in New Jersey, 1882-1920 (1995)
“State of the Field: Jews and Others,” invited essay for American Jewish History 102(2), April, 2018, pp. 283-302.
“Cultivating Jewish Farmers in the United States and Argentina,” in Transnational Traditions: New Perspectives on American Jewish History, (2014).
“Looking for Zalman: Making Historical Scholarship Visible to Undergraduates,” The History Teacher 38(3), May, 2005.
“Civil Rights and Japanese American Incarceration,” in California Jews, (2003).
“'As Truly American as Your Son’—Voicing Opposition to Internment in Three West Coast Cities,” Oregon Historical Quarterly, Winter, 2003.
“From Cooperative Farming to Urban Leadership,” in Jewish Life in the American West, (2004).
Reviews and Translations
Eisenberg, Ellen. “Review of Immigrants in the Far West: Historical Identities and Experiences.” Western Historical Quarterly (2016).