Faculty Directory

Nathaniel Deutsch
  • Title
    • Director of the Center for Jewish Studies
    • Professor and Baumgarten Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Affiliations History of Consciousness Department, Jewish Studies, Literature Department, Stevenson College
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 331 Humanities 1
  • Office Hours Fall 2023: Mondays 12:00am to 2:00pm by appointment
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Jewish Studies and Judaism, Religion and Secularism, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, African American / Black Studies, Hebrew, Yiddish, Ethnography
  • Courses HIS 107, Religion and Modernity; HIS 196M, Shtetl: Eastern European Jewish Life; HIS 257, Shtetl: Eastern European Jewish Life; HIS 178A, Eighteenth Century European Intellectual History

Summary of Expertise

Modern Jewish history; Hasidism; African American Islam; history of eugenics in the United States

Research Interests

Currently examining the history of early Jewish ethnography

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D. University of Chicago

Honors, Awards and Grants

Guggenheim Fellow
National Jewish Book Award

Saul Vienner Book Prize

Jordan Schnitzer Book Award

Honorable Mention, Merle Curti Award from the Organization of American Historians for Best Book in Social and/or Intellectual History