Jack Jacobs – profile


jack-jacobs-picture-1bxol92Jack Jacobs is Professor of Political Science at John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center. He received a PhD from Columbia University and was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Columbia before moving to John Jay. He was a Fulbright Research Scholar at Tel Aviv University in 1996-1997, a visiting scholar at the Simon-Dubnow-Institut für jüdische Geschichte und Kultur at Leipzig University in 1998, the Workmen’s Circle/Dr. Emanuel Patt Visiting Professor at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in 2003-2004, and was also a Fulbright Scholar at Vilnius University in 2009. He has been the recipient of grants from the Forward Association, the Arthur Zygielbaum Memorial Fund, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Leo Baeck Institute, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, among other sources.
His work has appeared in French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian and Yiddish as well as in English and he has delivered academic lectures in Australia, Austria, China, England, France, Germany, Israel, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, and South Africa.

He is the author of On Socialists and “the Jewish Question” after Marx (New York University Press, 1992), of Bundist Counterculture in Interwar Poland (Syracuse University Press, 2009), and of The Frankfurt School, Jewish Lives, and Antisemitism (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and the editor of Jewish Politics in Eastern Europe: The Bund at 100 (New York University Press, 2001).

He served, in 2012, as chair of the conference organizing committee for an international academic conference on Jews and the Left, held in New York, and also helped to arrange a workshop in Warsaw for graduate students and junior scholars conducting research on the history of the Bund. A special issue of East European Jewish Affairs, co-edited with Gertrud Pickhan, on New research on the Bund, came out at the end of 2013.

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