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

Daniel Schwartz specializes in modern Jewish and European intellectual and cultural history. His first book, The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image, traces the shifting image of the seventeenth-century Dutch Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza in modern Jewish culture. It was co-winner of the 2012 American Academy for Jewish Research's Salo Wittmayer Baron Prize, and a finalist for the 2012 National Jewish Book Award in History. Professor Schwartz is currently working on a new research project, a genealogy of the ghetto that traces its evolution as a word, concept, metaphor, and place in both Jewish history and beyond Jewish contexts as such. His research interests include Jewish historical consciousness, early modern and modern Jewish identities, and Jewish intellectuals.

Complete C.V. (PDF)


Ph.D., Columbia University, 2007


The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012.

Spinoza in Modern Jewish Culture: A Reader. Brandeis University Press, forthcoming.

"Spinoza: Hero, Infidel, Celebrity." The Jewish Daily Forward, 30 June 2006, 6.

Classes Taught

HIST 3001: The Jewish Intellectual

HIST 3001: Bookmarks of Jewish History

HIST 3001: Jewish Civilization I

HIST 3060: Modern Jewish History

HIST 3061: The Holocaust

HIST 3124: 19th-Century Europe

HIST 3820: History of Israel

HSIT 6005: History and Historians