Daniel Schwartz

Daniel Schwartz
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.

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