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Jewish Studies Program
6220 Reed Hall, Room 201
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755
Telephone: (603) 646-0475

Program Chair
Ehud Benor
316 Thornton Hall
Telephone: (603) 646-1313


Thérèse Perin-Deville



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Leo Spitzer

Professor Leo SpitzerKathe Tappe Vernon Professor of History
Former Chair, Jewish Studies Program
Former Chair, History Department
Former Co-chair, Women's Studies


  • BA: Brandeis University; MA and Ph.D.: University of Wisconsin, Madison

Past Jewish Studies Courses Taught

  • JWST 30: "A History of the Jewish Immigrant Life in the United States, Latin America and Africa" (together with Annelise Orleck)
  • JWST 37/CL 64/HIST 6: "Representing the Holocaust: History, Memory and Survival"
  • JWST 80: Emancipation and Exclusion: the Jewish and Black Experiences in Europe and the Americas"
  • JWST 82/HIST 6: The Voices of the Witness: History, Literature, Law

Recent Scholarship

Recent books or articles published:

  • Leo Spitzer is the Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor of History at Dartmouth College. His most recent book is Hotel Bolivia: The Culture of Memory in a Refuge from Nazism (Hill & Wang: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998). He is also the author of Lives in Between: Assimilation and Marginality in Austria, Brazil and West Africa (Cambridge, 1990; reprinted 1999, Hill & Wang), The Creoles of Sierra Leone: Responses to Colonialism (Wisconsin 1974), and is co-editor with Mieke Bal and Jonathan Crewe of Acts of Memory: Cultural Recall in the Present (UPNE, 1999).
  • He was the Lucius Littauer Fellow at the National Humanities Center (1992-93) and has been the recipient of John Simon Guggenheim, Ford, Social Science Research Council, Whiting, N.E.H., and Rockefeller Foundation awards and fellowships. In 1996-98, he was a National Humanities Center Distinguished Lecturer. He is currently working in collaboration with Marianne Hirsch on a book, Czernowitz Crossroads: Four Jewish Families Before, During, and After the Holocaust.

Last Updated: 12/2/10