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Pamela Nadell

Chair, Department of History
Department of History

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Director, Jewish Studies Program
  • Pamela S. Nadell holds the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women's and Gender History and is Chair of the Department of History and Director of the Jewish Studies Program. A specialist in American Jewish history and women’s history, she teaches a variety of courses in Jewish civilization. In 2007, she received AU’s highest faculty award, the Scholar/Teacher of the Year. She is also the recipient of the American Jewish Historical Society’s Lee Max Friedman Award for distinguished service. Her books include Women Who Would Be Rabbis: A History of Women's Ordination, 1889-1985 (Beacon Press, 1998), which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Her new book, co-edited with AU Professor Kate Haulman, is Making Women's Histories: Beyond National Perspectives (New York University Press, 2013). Past chair of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society, she was deeply involved in the activities commemorating 350 years of Jewish life in America. Her consulting work for museums includes the Library of Congress and the new National Museum of American Jewish History on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall.
  • Degrees

    PhD, History, The Ohio State University
    MA, History, The Ohio State University
    BA, Hebraic Studies, Douglass College, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Languages Spoken:

    Hebrew
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Teaching

  • Fall 2014

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Area of Expertise: Jewish history; women's history, especially the history of Jewish women; Holocaust, American Jewry, American Jewish history, Judaism

Additional Information: Pamela Nadell is the author or editor of six books, including Women Who Would Be Rabbis: A History of Women's Ordination, 1889–1985 (Beacon Press, 1998), which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award; Conservative Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Sourcebook (Greenwood Press, 1988); Women and American Judaism: Historical Perspectives (Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England, July 2001); American Jewish Women's History: A Reader (New York University Press, 2003); Three Hundred and Fifty Years: An Album of American Jewish Memory (2005); New Essays in American Jewish History (2010). She is also historian to the permanent exhibition of the new National Museum of American Jewish History.

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