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Carsten Schapkow


Carsten Schapkow is an Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History who specializes in German-Jewish History and Modern Jewish Historiography. He received his Ph.D. from the Free University Berlin in 2000.  He is the author of “The Freedom to Philosophize” — Jewish identity as Mirrored in the Reception of Baruch de Spinoza in German Literature (2001). His second book, published in 2011 in German, deals with the perception of Iberian-Sephardic Culture among German-speaking Jews in the 19th century. It has been published in English under the title Role Model and Countermodel: The Golden Age of Iberian Jewry and German Jewish Culture during the Era of Emancipation (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2015). Schapkow is also the co-editor of Konversion in Räumen jüdischer Geschichte, ed. Martin Przybilski, Carsten Schapkow (Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag 2014). [Conversion in Spaces of Jewish History] as well as co-editor of Darkhei Noam. The Jews of Arab Lands: A Festschrift for Norman (Noam) A. Stillman, eds. Carsten Schapkow, Shmuel Shepkaru, and Alan T. Levenson. (Leiden/Boston: Brill’s series in Jewish Studies 2015, volume 55). His classes at OU include the "Rebirth of Israel," "Transformation of Jewish Communities from Tradition to Modernity," "Jews and Other Germans," "Jews and Nationality in Eastern Europe," "From Bismarck to Hitler," and "The Holocaust."
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