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Joshua Shanes

Joshua Shanes

Joshua Shanes is the Interim Director of Doctoral Programs at Spertus and an Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston. His research focuses on Central and East European Jewry in the 19th and 20th centuries, specifically turn-of-the-century Galicia and the rise of Zionism as a counter-movement to the traditional Jewish establishment. A native of Chicago, Dr. Shanes has been widely published on Jewish cultural and political history.

In 2012, he published his book, Diaspora Nationalism and Jewish Identity in Habsburg Galicia, about which Alison Frank of Harvard University said, "The field has been in desperate need of this study."

Jewish Professional Studies
Jewish Studies

PhD, University of Wisconsin
BA, University of Illinois


Diaspora Nationalism and Jewish Identity in Habsburg Galicia


Haskalah: The Jewish Enlightenment and its Impact