Hasia Diner is the Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University, with a joint appointment in the departments of history and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and is the Director of the Goldstein Goren Center for American Jewish History. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2010-2011.
Previously she served as a professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland at College Park. Diner held a Fulbright Professorship at the University of Haifa in Israel, 1990-1991, has been a Lilly Fellow at the Mary I. Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, and a fellow at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Research at Princeton University. In 1998 she won election to membership in American Academy of Jewish Research and in 2004 to the Society of American Historians.
Diner received her Ph.D. in history at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Her bachelor's degree was awarded in 1968 from the University of Wisconsin and her master's at the University of Chicago in 1970.
A specialist in immigration and ethnic history, American Jewish history, and the history of American women, she is the author of numerous published books including In the Almost Promised Land: American Jews and Blacks, 1915-1935 (1977, reissued, 1995); and Erin's Daughters in American: Irish Immigrant Women in the Nineteenth Century (1984). A Time for Gathering: The Second Migration, 1820-1880, the second volume in the Johns Hopkins University Press series, “the Jewish People in America,” appeared in 1992. Among her other publications are Lower East Side Memories: The Jewish Place in America (2000), Hungering for America: Italian, Irish, and Jewish Foodways in the Age of Migration (2001), Her Works Praise Her (2002; co-authored with Beryl Leif Benderly), The Jews of the United States: 1654-2000 (2004), and We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence After the Holocaust, 1945-1962 (2009). The latter received both the National Jewish Book Award in the category of American Jewish Studies and also the Saul Viener Prize of the American Jewish Historical Society. She also published an annotated version of the 1890 classic, How the Other Half Lives by reformer Jacob Riis in W.W. Norton’s Critical Edition and with Eli Diner is editing a multi-volume reference work on the history of American women. One of the co-editors of the Dictionary of American History, Diner has served as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society and is president-elect of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society.
Diner lectures widely to academic and community audiences on various aspects of history, focusing on her specialties of American Jewish history, American women’s history, and immigration history.
Topics: Peddlers and the American Jewish South
Blacks and Jews, North and South
Requirements: expenses, fees depending on institution's ability but usually $1,000 per lecture
Consulting experience: I have worked with over a dozen films and museums on various topics involving American Jewish history, history of American women, and immigration history.
New York, New York, 10012