Dr. Derek Penslar

Samuel Zacks Professor of Jewish History, University of Toronto; Visiting Professor of History, Harvard University

Derek Penslar is the Samuel Zacks Professor of Jewish History at the University of Toronto and a Visiting Professor of History at Harvard University. Between 2012 and 2016, he was the inaugural holder of the Stanley Lewis Chair in Modern Israel Studies at Oxford, where he retains a visiting professorship. 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); and Jews and the Military: A History (2013). He is currently writing a biography of Theodor Herzl for Yale University Press’ Jewish Lives series and a book on Zionism 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 the American Academy for Jewish Research.