William Lee Frost Professor of Modern Jewish History, Harvard University

Derek Penslar is the William Lee Frost Professor of Modern Jewish History at Harvard University. He previously taught at Indiana University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Oxford, where he was the inaugural holder of the Stanley Lewis Chair in Modern Israel Studies. Penslar is author or editor of ten books, including: Shylock’s Children: Economics and Jewish Identity in Modern Europe (2001); Israel in History: The Jewish State in Comparative Perspective (2006); The Origins of Israel: A Documentary History (2011); Jews and the Military: A History (2013); and Theodor Herzl: The Charismatic Leader (forthcoming in Yale University Press’ "Jewish Lives” series. He is currently writing a book titled Zionism: An Emotional State for Rutgers University Press’ series on Keywords in Jewish Studies. Penslar co-edits The Journal of Israeli History and serves on the board of directors of the Association for Israel Studies. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and President of the American Academy for Jewish Research.