Pamela S. Nadell

Prof. Pamela S. Nadell
Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History
American University

Pamela S. Nadell holds the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History at American University where she directs the Jewish Studies Program and is a recipient of American University’s highest faculty award, the Scholar/Teacher of the Year.

She earned a doctorate in history from Ohio State University (1982), a B.A. from Douglass College, Rutgers University (1973) and studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1971-72).

The author or editor of eight books, her most recent book, America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today (W.W. Norton, March 2019), won the National Jewish Book Award’s 2019 Jewish Book of the Year and has been translated into Hebrew. Her book Women Who Would Be Rabbis: A History of Women’s Ordination, 1889-1985 (Beacon Press, 1998) was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award in Women’s Studies and was a main selection of the Jewish Book Club.

She is a past president of the Association for Jewish Studies and was a member of the founding historians’ team for the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. The American Jewish Historical Society recognized her distinguished service to the profession with its Lee Max Friedman Award.

She is currently writing a book on the history of American antisemitism.

 

Selected Publications

America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today. (W.W. Norton, 2019).

American Jewish Women’s History: A Reader. (Editor, New York University Press, 2003).

Women Who Would Be Rabbis: A History of Women’s Ordination, 1889-1985. (Beacon Press, 1998).

Conservative Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Sourcebook (Greenwood Press, 1988).