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Karla Goldman

Sol Drachler Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, and Professor of Judaic Studies, College of LS&A

Karla  Goldman

Karla Goldman's research focuses on the history of the American Jewish experience with special attention to the history of American Jewish communities and the evolving roles and contributions of American Jewish women. She directs the University of Michigan Jewish Communal Leadership Program, a collaborative effort between the School of Social Work and the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

Goldman previously taught at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati and was historian in residence at the Jewish Women’s Archive in Brookline, Massachusetts. She is the author of Beyond the Synagogue Gallery: Finding a Place for Women in American Judaism (Harvard Univeristy Press).

Research Interests/Focus

American Jewish women, American Judaism, Hurricane Katrina, Jewish identity, Jewish women, Jews in universities, University of Michigan, Jewish urban experience


Year Degree   School
1993 PhD Am. History Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1986 MA Am. History Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1982 BA History Yale University, New Haven, CT
Year Description
2013 Shalom Hartman Institute, IEngage Seminar for Social Justice Leaders, participant.
2011 University of Michigan Road Scholar Tour, participant.
2011 Repair the World Judaic Studies Service Learning Fellow, 2011-2012, Seattle, WA.
2002 Marguerite R. Jacobs Memorial Fellowship, American Jewish Archives.
1994-1996 Feinstein Center Prize for the best doctoral dissertation in American Jewish History.
1994-1995 Yale/Pew Program in Religion and American History, Faculty fellowship.
1994 Excellence in Teaching award, Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities.
1993-1994 American Academy of Religion/Lilly Foundation Teaching Scholar.
1991-1993 Frances Grabow Goldman Fellowship, Hebrew Union College.
1989-1990 Charles Warren Center Summer Research Grant (Harvard).
1988-1989 Congregational History Project Dissertation Fellowship.
1988 D. A. A. D. German Language Fellowship.
1987 Rabbi Levi A. Olan Memorial Fellowship in American Jewish Studies, American Jewish Archives.
1986 Harvard Hillel Fellowship for study at Oxford Programme in Yiddish.
1982 Received B.A. cum laude, with distinction in history.

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