Judaic Studies - Affiliate Faculty
Romance Languages and Literatures - Affiliate Faculty
History - Tenure-Track Faculty
Ethan Katz is a historian of modern Europe and the Mediterranean, with specialties in the history of modern France and its empire and modern Jewish history. His research interests include inter-ethnic relations; religion, sacrality, and the secular in modern life; the interplay between imperial regimes and anti-colonial politics; national and sub-national identity and memory; and notions of diaspora and homeland. Professor Katz is currently completing a book on the history of Jewish-Muslim relations in France since World War I. This work examines everyday interactions between ordinary Jews and Muslims in the spheres of mass politics and shared socio-cultural spaces, and tries to bring historical perspective to the current crisis in Jewish-Muslim relations in France. Professor Katz is also co-editing a collection of essays that reconsiders the meaning of secularism and secularization within Jewish studies and Jewish history. His research has been supported by grants from, among others, the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati, the French Foreign Ministry, the Hebrew University, and the Foundation for Jewish Culture.
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009 (History).
B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Amherst College, 2002 (History and French).
Peer Reviewed Publications
Ethan Katz (2008). "Displaced Historians, Dialectical Histories: George L. Mosse, Peter Gay, and Germany's Multiple Paths in the Twentieth Century". Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, 7(2), 135-155.
Ethan Katz (2005). "Memory at the Front: The Struggle Over Revolutionary Commemoration in Occupied France, 1940-1944". Journal of European Studies, 35(2), 153-168.
Ethan Katz (2012). "Did the Paris Mosque Save Jews? A Mystery and Its Memory," Jewish Quarterly Review 102(2), 256-87.
Ethan Katz (2010). "Tracing the Shadow of Palestine: The Zionist-Arab Conflict and Jewish-Muslim Relations in France, 1914-1945". In Nathalie Debrauwere-Miller (Eds.), The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the Francophone World (pp. 18-30). New York: Routledge.
Ethan Katz (forthcoming). “Jews and Muslims in the Shadow of the Republic: A Century of Coexistence and Conflict.” In Benjamin Stora and Abdelwahab Meddeb, eds., Histoire des relations entre juifs et musulmans, du Qur’an a nos jours (Paris: Albin Michel).
Ethan Katz (2010). "Constantine Riots (1934)"; "Constantine Riots (May 1956 and May 1957)"; and "Aboulker, José". In Encyclopedia of the Jews in the Islamic World. Boston: Brill.
Ethan Katz (forthcoming). “A Jewish Shopkeeper from Turkey in Interwar and Occupied France”; “A Jewish Memorial Service for Ataturk in Paris”; “An Account of the Sephardic Community of Paris in the mid-1930s." Translated and annotated with introductions. In Julia Phillips Cohen and Sarah Abrevaya Stein, eds., The Sephardic Studies Reader: A Documentary History, 1730-1950 (Stanford, Cal.: Stanford University Press).
Work in Progress
Ethan Katz. Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims, from North Africa to France, book manuscript currently being revised for publication.
Ethan Katz and Ari Joskovicz (Eds.). Secularism and Its Discontents: The View from Jewish Studies, to be published in the Jewish Culture and Context series of the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Ethan Katz (11/09/2010). Jewish and Muslim Identity Politics in France Since 1967: The Impact of Israel/Palestine, Multiculturalism, and Public Religion. Center for European Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Ethan Katz (10/13/2010). Jews and Muslims in Modern France: A Century of Coexistence and Conflict. Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Ethan Katz (06/04/2010). The Grand Mosque of Paris and Jews During the Shoah: A Mystery and its Memory. Symposium on European Muslim Perceptions of the Holocaust, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Paris.
Ethan Katz (04/19/2010). Making the Archives Speak, in Dissonant Tones: In Search of Jews and Muslims in Colonial France. Brownbag lecture series, Program in Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey.
Ethan Katz (11/11/2008). Contesting the Republic: New Terms of Jewish-Muslim Interaction During the Algerian War and May-June 1968. Jewish Studies workshop, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, Urbana, Illinois.
Ethan Katz (06/12/2007). Children of the Divorce: Points of Jewish-Muslim Connection and Conflict in the Shadow of the French Colonial Struggle. International Workshop on Intercivilizational Conflict, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.
Ethan Katz (10/23/2011). Jewish, Muslim, and (Possibly) French: Jews and Muslims of France in the First World War and Its Archives. Symposium on “New Approaches to Algerian Jewish Studies,” University of California, Los Angeles, , Los Angeles.
Ethan Katz (04/31/2011). Where Secular Meets Religious and Public Meets Private: Jews and Muslims in Paris Cafes, c. 1930-1960. Miami University, Oxford, OH.
Ethan Katz (01/24/2011). Jewish and Muslim Politics During the Algerian War: Between Secular Nationalism and Religious Revival. Hebrew Union College/Jewish Institute for Religion, Cincinnati, OH.
Ethan Katz (05/19/2011). Brothers, Strangers, or Enemies?: How American Jews Approach Muslims in Our Midst. Greater Cincinnati Board of Rabbis Annual Learning Meeting, Cincinnati, OH.
Ethan Katz (11/06/2011). Tolerance and Intolerance in Jewish History. Public Lecture, Northern Hills Synagogue, Cincinnati, OH.
Honors & Awards
Year-long Research and Writing Fellowship, Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2009 to 2010.
Hazel D. Cole Fellowship in Jewish Studies (declined), University of Washington, 2009 to 2010.
John B. and Theta H. Wolf Prize, Society for French Historical Studies, 2008.
Doctoral Fellowship, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, 2007 to 2009.
Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Foundation for Jewish Culture, 2007 to 2008.
Vilas International Research Grant, Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007 to 2008.
George L. Mosse Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison (four years) and Hebrew University of Jerusalem (one year), 2002 to 2009.
Bourse Chateaubriand for dissertation research in France, French Foreign Ministry, 2005 to 2006.
Alfred F. Havighurst Senior History Prize, Amherst College, 2002.
Taft Research Summer Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, 2010 to 2011.
Taft Research Center Year-long Writing Fellowship (upcoming), University of Cincinnati , 2012 to 2013.