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S.W. Baron Dissertation Award

Salo Wittmayer Baron Dissertation Award in Jewish Studies

Salo Wittmayer BaronThe Salo Wittmayer Baron Dissertation Award in Jewish Studies is made possible by a generous gift from Dr. Shoshana B. Tancer and Robert S. Tancer. Named for Shoshana Tancer’s father, Professor Salo Wittmayer Baron, the most important Jewish historian in the 20th century, the award is given to the best dissertation in the field of Jewish History and Culture in the Americas. A $5,000 award is granted every three years. Competition is open to all graduate students enrolled in U.S. universities. Dissertations completed at U.S. universities since the previous award was granted are eligible for submission. Dissertations currently eligilbe for submmission, must be completed and accepted between June 2015 and May 2018.

applicants should submit:

  • a letter of nomination from the dissertation’s advisor
  • a letter of application by the dissertation’s author, summarizing the contribution of the dissertation to Jewish History and Culture of the Americas
  • a hard copy of the dissertation

materials should be sent to:
Salo Wittmayer Baron Dissertation Award
Center for Jewish Studies
Arizona State University
PO Box 874302
Tempe, AZ 85287-4302

Application due May 30, 2018 | Awarded in Fall 2018


Salo Wittmayer Baron Dissertation Award in Jewish Studies Recipients

2012 | David Koffman New York University
"The Jews' Indian: Native Americans in the Jewish Imagination and Experience, 1850-1950”

2015 | Zev Eleff Brandeis University
“Power, Pulpits and Pews: Religious Authority and the Formation of American Judaism, 1816-1885”