Ethan Katz

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Ethan Katz

Ethan Katz

Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies; Senior Research Scholar, CMES

Ethan Katz is Associate Professor in the Department of History. He is a historian of modern Europe and the Mediterranean, with specialties in modern Jewish history and the history of modern France and its empire. To date, his scholarship has focused in four principal areas: the history of Jewish-Muslim relations and the nature of belonging and exclusion in modern France and the Francophone world; the history of Jews in colonial societies; Holocaust Studies; and the relationship between the secular and religion in modern Jewish life. In all of his work, transnational and comparative perspectives are fundamental to the approach, and he frequently draw insights from various disciplines outside of History. He has taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level on Jewish history, late modern Europe, the Mediterranean, Jews and Muslims, religion in the modern world, modern France and its empire, and historical methodologies. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. in History and French from Amherst College.


The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015.

Co-editor (with Lisa Leff and Maud Mandel), Colonialism and the Jews. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017.

Co-editor (with Ari Joskowicz), Secularism in Question: Jews and Judaism in Modern Times. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.

Co-editor (with Jonathan Judaken), special issue on “Jews and Muslims in France Before and After Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher,” Jewish History 32, 1, 2018, forthcoming.

“An Imperial Entanglement: Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and Colonialism,” part of proposed roundtable on “Rethinking Anti-Semitism,” American Historical Review 123, 4 (2018), forthcoming.

“Where do the Hijab and the Kippah Belong? On Being Publicly Jewish or Muslim in Post-Hebdo France,” special issue on “Before and After Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher: The Changing Landscape for Jews and Muslims in France, Jewish History 32, 1, 2018, forthcoming.

“Crémieux’s Children: Joseph Reinach, Léon Blum, and René Cassin as Jews of French Empire,” in Katz, Leff, and Mandel, eds., Colonialism and the Jews (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017).

Co-author (with Lisa Moses Leff and Maud Mandel), “Introduction: Engaging Jewish History and Colonial History,” in Katz, Leff, and Mandel, eds., Colonialism and the Jews (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017).

Keywords: Jewish-Islamic History; Jewish Studies; Jews and Muslims in North Africa

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University of California, Berkeley
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