Lila Corwin Berman

Lila Corwin Berman
Professor of History; Murray Friedman Chair of American Jewish History
Director of the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History
Temple University

Lila Corwin BermanLila Corwin Berman is Professor of History at Temple University. She holds the Murray Friedman Chair of American Jewish History and directs the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. Berman received her B.A. from Amherst College and her Ph.D. from Yale. She is author of _Metropolitan Jews: Politics, Race, and Religion in Postwar Detroit_ (University of Chicago, 2015), for which she received support from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. Her first book, Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity (California, 2009), was awarded recognition from the Center for Jewish History and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, and was a finalist for the Jewish Book Council’s Sami Rohr Prize.

She is currently writing a book titled “The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex: The Historical Formation of a Multi-Billion Dollar Institution” (under contract with Princeton University Press). Her articles have appeared in many publications, including the American Historical Review, Journal of American History, Jewish Social Studies, the Forward, and Religion and American Culture, as well as several edited volumes.

 

Selected Publications

“Jewish History beyond the Jewish People,” AJS Review 42, no. 2 (Nov 2018): 1-24

“How Americans Give: The Financialization of American Jewish Philanthropy,” American Historical Review 122, no. 5 (Dec 2017): 1459-1489

Metropolitan Jews: Politics, Race, and Religion in Postwar Detroit (University of Chicago Press, 2015)

“Jewish Urban Politics in the City and Beyond,” Journal of American History 99, 2 (Sept 2012): 492-519

Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity (University of California Press, 2009)

“Sociology, Jews, and Intermarriage in Twentieth-Century America,” Jewish Social Studies 14, no. 2 (Winter 2008): 32-60