Jenna Weissman Joselit

Jenna Weissman Joselit
Professor, Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts
(202) 994-1543

Jenna Weissman Joselit, a historian of everyday life, specializes in the history and culture of America's Jews and in U.S. cultural history from the late 19th century on through the 1950s. Her work, both within and without the classroom, pays especially close attention to the relationship between material culture and identity.

Her books include The Wonders of America: Reinventing Jewish Culture, 1880-1950, which received the National Jewish Book Award in History, and A Perfect Fit: Clothes, Character, and the Promise of America. Professor Weissman Joselit is currently at work on a book about America's embrace of the Ten Commandments.

A founding member of NYU's Working Group on Jews, Media and Religion, she has also been a Senior Fellow at Princeton University's Center for the Study of American Religion, a fellow at Yale University's Center for Art and Material Culture and the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Judaic Studies.

Most recently, Professor Weissman Joselit has been a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress. She directs the Master of Arts in Jewish Cultural Arts program.

In addition to her academic pursuits, she writes a monthly column on American Jewish culture for The Forward newspaper and is a frequent contributor to The New Republic, TNR Online, Gastronomica, and Tablet: The Online Magazine of Jewish Culture.

Jenna's blog can be found at

Ph.D., Columbia University


Joselit, J. (2013). Mendelssohn's Tea Pot: How Artists Reinvent the Jewish Past and the Jewish Future. Zeek.

Joselit, J. (2013). Israel on the Hudson. Jewish Review of Books 4, no. 1.

Joselit, J. (2012). My Country, My Country. TNR: The Book.

Joselit, J. (Winter 2012). Forum - American Religion and the Old and New Immigration. Religion and American Culture, 22(1), 2-7.

Joselit, J. (2011). Jews Don't Eat Insects. TNR: The Book.

Joselit, J. (2010). Enlightened Views. Tablet.

Joselit, J. (2010). Culture Mavens: Feeling At Home in America, Jewish Cultural Studies, Vol. 2.

Joselit, J. (2009). When Moses Saved the Man of Steel. The Forward.

Joselit, J. (2009). Notice! Getting under the Cheerful Surface of Historical Signage. Nextbook.

Joselit, J. (2008, November 19). Paste and Future. The New Republic, 42-44.

Joselit, J. (2008). Rules Writ Large: Keith Haring's Confounding 'Ten Commandments.' Nextbook.

Joselit, J. (2007). Fun and games: American Jews and the pursuit of leisure. In M. L. Raphael (Ed.), The Columbia history of Jews and Judaism in America, (pp. 246-62). New York: Columbia University Press.

Joselit, J. (2007) Man of the People: How Moses Became an American Icon, TNR Online.

Joselit, J. (2007). A parade of faiths: Religion in American life. New York: Oxford University Press.

Joselit, J. (2007). Best-in-Show: American Jews and the Modern Museum. In J. Wertheimer (Eds.), Imagining the American Jewish Community, (pp. 141-57). Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England.