Daniel Schwartz

Daniel Schwartz
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 two projects: a history of the reception of Karl Marx in Jewish thought and culture, and 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 socialism, and Jewish intellectuals.

Complete C.V. (PDF)


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.

Classes Taught

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