- Associate Professor
- Phillips Hall
801 22nd St NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
- [email protected]
Areas of Expertise
- Early Modern Europe
- Modern Europe
- Early Modern World
- Jewish History
- Modern U.S.
- Urban History
Daniel B. Schwartz specializes in modern European and American Jewish intellectual, cultural, and urban history. He is the author of Ghetto: The History of a Word, which traces the various and contested meanings of the word "ghetto" from sixteenth-century Venice to the present. His other books include Spinoza's Challenge to Jewish Thought: Writings on His Life, Philosophy, and Legacy and The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image, which was co-winner of the 2012 American Academy for Jewish Research's Salo W. Baron Prize for best first book in Jewish studies and a finalist for the 2012 National Jewish Book Award in history. He is currently working on a history of the Lower East Side that chronicles this most famous of immigrant neighborhoods from its mid-nineteenth-century German-American heyday to its present-day gentrification. His research interests include Jews and the city, Jewish historical consciousness, early modern and modern Jewish identities, Jewish secularism, Jewish intellectuals, and black-Jewish relations.
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2007
Ghetto: The History of a Word. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2019.
Spinoza's Challenge to Jewish Thought: Writings on His Life, Philosophy, and Legacy. Waltham, MA: Brandeis University Press, 2019.
The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012.
"Spinoza: Hero, Infidel, Celebrity." The Jewish Daily Forward, 30 June 2006, 6.
HIST 2050: History of Jewish Civilization: From the Bible to Spinoza
HIST 2060: Modern Jewish History
HIST 2061: The Ghetto: History of a Concept
HIST 3001: The Jewish Intellectual
HIST 3001: Bookmarks of Jewish History
HSIT 6005: History and Historians