Salo Wittmayer Baron Dissertation Award in Jewish Studies

Salo Wittmayer Baron Dissertation Award in Jewish Studies

The 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—this award is given to the best dissertation in the field of Jewish History and Culture in the Americas

A $5,000 (USD) award is granted every three years. Dissertations completed, defended, and accepted at U.S. universities between June 2021 and May 2024 are currently eligible for submission.

  • Submission deadline: May 31, 2024
  • Awarded in fall 2024
download and complete the application cover sheet

submission guidelines

Application must include:

  • completed application cover sheet
  • a letter of nomination from the dissertation’s advisor
    • may be emailed separately by the advisor or included as part of the application
  • a letter of application by the dissertation’s author, summarizing the contribution of the dissertation to Jewish History and Culture of the Americas
    • must include your name and email address
  • a digital copy of the dissertation (PDF preferred)

Email completed application materials:

  • to:
  • subject line: 2024 Baron Dissertation Award Application
  • must be received by May 31, 2024

previous recipients


first place

Ayelet Brinn

University of Pennsylvania, 2019
"Miss Amerike: The Yiddish Press’s Encounter with the United States, 1885-1924"

honorary mention

Sandra Fox

New York University, 2018
"Here, We’re Real Jews: Producing Authentic Jews in American Summer Camps, 1945-1980"


Geraldine Gudefin

Brandeis University
“The Civil  and Religious Worlds of Marriage and Divorce: Russian Jewish Immigrants in France and the United States, 1881–1939”


Zev Eleff

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


inaugural award recipient
David Koffman

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