Michael Alexander

Michael-Scott-AlexanderAssociate Professor & Maimonides Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies



Dr. Michael Alexander is associate professor in Religious Studies with primary interests in Judaism and American Religion. He received a National Jewish Book Award for his first book Jazz Age Jews (Princeton University Press, 2001). He holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University (1999) and a B.A. in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (1992).


Ph.D. Religious Studies 1999, Yale University

B.A. Oriental Studies 1992, University of Pennsylvania

Select Publications

Jazz Age Jews. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001.

“Frankfurter Among the Anarchists: ‘The Case of Sacco and Vanzetti.’” Studies in Contemporary Jewry Vol. XVII.  Edited by Eli Lederhendler.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2001: 175-191.

“Exile and Alienation in America.” American Jewish History 90(2) (June 2002): 165-171.

“The Triumph of the Jewish Therapeutic.” Reviews in American History 33(2) (June 2005): 287-292.

“The Meaning of American Jewish History.” Jewish Quarterly Review 96(3) (Summer 2006): 423-432.

“The Jewish Bookmaker: Gambling, Legitimacy, and the American Political Economy.” Studies in Contemporary Jewry Vol. XXIII.  Edited by Ezra Mendelsohn, 54-69.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

“Golda and the Court Jew: Golda Meir, Henry Kissinger, and the Personas They Denied,” in Gender and Jewish History. Editors: Marion A. Kaplan, Deborah Dash Moore. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2010: 320-335.