Hasia R. Diner

Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, History; Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History; Director, Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History; Director of Undergraduate Studies

University of Illinois-Chicago, PhD 1976; University of Chicago, MA 1970

Office Address: 

53 Washington Square South, Room 104



Field of Study: 

United States

Research Interests: 

American Jewish history, American immigration history and women's history


Hasia Diner's work has been located at the intersection of American and Jewish history. In a series of project since her first book which explored the ways in which American Jewish engaged with the issues surrounding the condition of black Americans in the early twentieth century through her most recently published book which examined peddling as a global Jewish immigration strategy in the modern period. This book took her outside of the United States, the chief focus of her work, to the entirety of the "new world" Her work however focuses mostly on the mutual impact of America and the Jews. She has ventured out from there looking in several books at the histories of other European immigrant groups in the United States and is currently completing a biography of philanthropist Julius Rosenwald as part of Yale University's series, "Jewish Lives."


Guggenheim Fellowship (2011); Senior Post-doctoral Fellowship, Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Research, Princeton University, (2002 – 2003); Fellow, American Academy of Jewish Research, Fellow (elected); Society of American Historians, Member (elected); One of twenty living women historians included in American Women Historians. 1700-1900s (New York: Greenwood Press, 1998), Jennifer Scanlon and Sharon Cosner, editors

Selected Works:

WeRememberBOOK.jpg We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945 – 1962 (New York: New York University Press, 2009)
    * Winner of the National Jewish Book Award
    * Winner of the Saul Viener Prize, American Jewish Historical Society

FromArrivalBOOK.jpg From Arrival to Incorporation: Migrants to the U.S. in a Global Age, with Elliott Barkan and Alan Kraut (New York University Press, 2007)

JewsofUSBOOK.jpgThe Jews of the United States, 1654 to 2000 (Berkeley,CA:University of California Press, 2004)

HungeringforAmerBOOK.jpg Hungering for America: Italian, Irish and Jewish Foodways in the Age of Migration (Cambridge:Harvard University Press, 2002)
    *Nominee, James Beard Award, "writing about food" category

HerWorksPraiseHerBOOK.gifHer Works Praise Her: A History of Jewish Women in America from Colonial Times to the Present (with Beryl Lieff Benderly) (New York: Basic Books, 2002)

RememberingtheLESBOOK.jpgRemembering the Lower East Side: American Jewish Reflections, with Jeffrey Shandler and Beth S. Wenger (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000)

LESMemoriesBOOK.gifThe Lower East Side Memories: The Jewish Place in America. (Princeton:Princeton University Press, 2000.)


American Jews (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998).(Part of a series for young readers) -Reissued, 2003, as A New Promised Land: A History of the Jews in America.

DinerAlmostPromised.jpgIn the Almost Promised Land: American Jews and Blacks. 1915-1935 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995; reissue of 1977 edition)

DinerTimeforGathering.jpgA Time for Gathering. 1820-1880: The Second Migration, Vol. 2 in, The Jewish People in America, Henry B’eingold, ed. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992)

DinerErinsDaughters.jpgErin’s Daughters in America: Irish Immigrant Women in the Nineteenth Century (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press,1984)


“Buying and Selling ‘Jewish’: The Historical Impact of Commerce on Jewish Communal Life,” Imagining in the Jewish American Community, Jack Wertheimer, ed. (Waltham, Mass.: Brandeis University Press, 2007). pp. 28-44.

“The Local and the Global: Lombard Street and the Modern Jewish Diaspora,” Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore. Deborah Weiner, Anita Kassof, and Avi Y. Decter, eds. (Baltimore: Jewish Museum of Maryland, 2007). pp 10-21.

“American Immigration and Ethnic History: Moving the Field Forward, Staying the Course,” Journal of American Ethnic History, 25, 4 (Summer) 2006. pp 130 – 141.

“Entering the Mainstream of Modern Jewish History: Peddlers and the American Jewish South,” Southern Jewish History, 8 (2005), pp. 1 – 30.

“The Vanishing Middle Ground: Religion and Culture: Views of 10 Scholars,” Chronicle of Higher Education, June 2004.

“American Jewish History,” Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies, Martin Goodman, ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003). pp. 471 – 490. 

“American West, New York Jewish,” Jewish Life in the American West, Ava Kahn, ed. (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2003). pp. 33 – 51. 

“Embracing World of Our Fathers: The Context of Reception,” Key Texts in American Jewish Culture, Jack Kugelmass, ed. (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2003). pp. 210 – 222. 

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