Michael Brenner

Michael Brenner
Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies
American University

Michael BrennerMichael Brenner is the Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies and director of the Center for Israel Studies at American University in Washington, DC, and holds the chair of Jewish History and Culture at Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and held teaching positions at Indiana University and Brandeis University and was a visiting professor at several universities, including Stanford, Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Haifa, Paris, Vienna, and the Central European University in Budapest. He is the International President of the Leo Baeck Institute for the Study of German Jewry and an elected member of the Bavarian Academy of Science and the Accademia Nazionale Virgiliana in Italy. In 2014 he was awarded the order of merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

His latest edited book is A History of Jews in Germany since 1945 (Indiana University Press 2018). His books were translated into over ten languages.

Selected Publications

In Search of Israel: The History of an Idea (Princeton University Press, 2018)

A Short History of the Jews (Princeton UP 2010)

Prophets of the Past: Interpreters of Jewish History (Princeton UP 2010)

Zionism: A Brief History (Marcus Wiener 2003)

After the Holocaust: Rebuilding Jewish Lives in Postwar Germany (Princeton UP 1997)

The Renaissance of Jewish Culture in Weimar Germany (Yale UP 1996).