“American Jewish Men and the Anxieties of Breadwinning.”
Beth S. Wenger is Moritz and Josephine Berg Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent book is History Lessons: The Creation of American Jewish Heritage (Princeton University Press, 2010). Wenger’s other works include The Jewish Americans: Three Centuries of Jewish Voices in America (Doubleday, 2007), companion volume to the 2008 PBS series The Jewish Americans, which was named a National Jewish Book Award finalist. She is also the author of New York Jews and the Great Depression: Uncertain Promise, (Yale University Press, 1996), which was awarded the Salo Baron Prize in Jewish History from the American Academy of Jewish Research.
Wenger is co-editor of several anthologies and collections, including Encounters With the “Holy Land”: Place, Past and Future in American Jewish Culture (with Jeffrey Shandler) and Remembering the Lower East Side: American Jewish Reflections (with Hasia Diner and Jeffrey Shandler). Her most recent anthology Gender in Judaism and Islam: Common Lives, Uncommon Heritage (coedited with Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet), was published in 2014 by New York University Press.
Wenger is a Fellow of the American Academy of Jewish Research and Chair of the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History in New York. She has served as a Distinguished Lecturer of the Organization of American Historians and the Association for Jewish Studies. She is also a founding historian of Philadelphia’s National Museum of American Jewish History.