Director, Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies
Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture and Society
505 Fayerweather Hall
Mail Code 2503
Elisheva Carlebach specializes in the cultural, intellectual, and religious history of the Jews in Early Modern Europe. Areas of particular interest include the intersection of Jewish and Christian culture and its effect on notions of tolerance, religious dissent, conversion, messianism, and communal governance. Her books include The Pursuit of Heresy (1990), awarded the National Jewish Book Award, and Divided Souls: Converts from Judaism in Early Modern Germany (2000). She has twice held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and she has served as a fellow at the New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers. She is (Co)Editor of the Association for Jewish Studies Review and chairs the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History.