Kenneth B. Moss
Harriet and Ulrich E. Meyer Professor of Jewish History
Department of History and the College
Kenneth B. Moss is a historian of modern Jewish politics, culture, and thought. Trained in global Jewish history from the mid-18th century to the present, he specializes in the history of the Jews of 19th- and 20th-century Eastern Europe, with emerging interests in Jewish history in Palestine, Israel, and the United States. His research investigates how Jewish visions of cultural and political self-determination born in the age of the nation were realized, undone, or recast across the 20th century, and how nationalism both as an ideology and as a global fact has shaped 20th- and 21st-century Jewish life.
His books include Jewish Renaissance in the Russian Revolution (Harvard University Press, 2009), which received the Jewish Book Council’s Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, and An Unchosen People: Jewish Political Reckoning in Interwar Poland (Harvard University Press, forthcoming). Moss co-edited From Europe’s East to the Middle East: Israel’s Russian and Polish Lineages (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021) and National Renaissance and International Horizons, 1880–1918 (Yale University Press, forthcoming). His scholarly work has appeared in The Journal of Modern History, Jewish Social Studies, the Journal of Social History, and Jewish History. He is a former co-editor of Jewish Social Studies.
Moss received a BA with highest honors in history from Rutgers College and a PhD in Jewish history from Stanford University.