Antisemitism, U.S.A.

Antisemitism, U.S.A.

Antisemitism has deep roots in American history. Yet in the United States, we often talk about it as if it were something new. We’re shocked when events happen like the Tree of Life Shootings in Pittsburgh or the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, but also surprised. We ask, “Where did this come from?” as if it came out of nowhere. But antisemitism in the United States has a history. A long, complicated history. A history easy to overlook. Join us on Antisemitism, U.S.A., a limited podcast series hosted by Mark Oppenheimer, to learn just how deep those roots go.

Coming this summer from R2 Studios, part of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

Antisemitism, U.S.A. is written by historians John Turner and Lincoln Mullen. Our lead scholar is Britt Tevis. The series is executive produced by Jeanette Patrick and produced by Jim Ambuske.

About the Hosts

Mark Oppenheimer

Host

Mark Oppenheimer, Ph.D. is a professor of practice and editor of the journal Religion & Politics at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, at Washington University. Oppenheimer holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Yale University and has taught at Stanford, Wesleyan, Wellesley, NYU, Boston College, and Yale, where he was the founding director of the Yale Journalism Initiative. From 2010 to 2016, he wrote the “Beliefs” column, about religion, for The New York Times, and he has also written for publications including The New Yorker, The Nation, GQ, Slate, The Wall Street Journal, and many more. He created Unorthodox, the world’s most popular podcast about Jewish life and culture, with over 7 million downloads. More recently, he hosted an eight-part podcast called Gatecrashers, about the history of Jews and antisemitism at Ivy League schools. He is the author of five books, including The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia and, most recently, Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood. He is currently working on a biography of children’s author Judy Blume.

Lincoln A. Mullen

Co-Writer

Lincoln A. Mullen, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and a Professor of History at George Mason University. Mullen is the author of America’s Public Bible: A Commentary (Stanford University Press, 2023), an interactive scholarly work that uncovers the history of the Bible in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century United States using computational methods. In 2016, a prototype of that project won the Chronicling America Data Challenge from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He also wrote The Chance of Salvation: A History of Conversion in America (Harvard University Press, 2017), which traces the history of the distinctively American idea that religion is a matter of individual choice. That book won the 2018 Best First Book in the History of Religions prize from the American Academy of Religion.

John G. Turner

Co-Writer

John G. Turner, Ph.D. is the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at George Mason University. Turner is the author of several books about the history of religion in the United States, including Brigham Young (Harvard University Press, 2012) and They Knew They Were Pilgrims (Yale, 2020). He is the co-PI of RRCHNM’s American Religious Ecologies Project and PI of its Pandemic Religion project.

Britt Tevis

Lead Scholar

Britt Tevis, Ph.D./J.D. is a historian with special interests in law and Jewish studies. She is the author of “‘The People’s Judge’: Jacob Panken, Yiddish Socialism, and American Law” in the American Journal of Legal History and “The Hebrews Are Appearing in Court in Great Numbers’: Toward a Reassessment of Early Twentieth-Century American Jewish Immigration History” in the American Jewish History. Tevis holds a Ph.D. in US History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Zev Eleff

Lead Advisor

Zev Eleff, Ph.D. is the president of Gratz College. He is the author or editor of nine books and more than fifty scholarly articles in the fields of Jewish Studies and American Religion. He has received numerous awards, including the American Jewish Historical Society’s Wasserman Prize and the Rockower Award for Excellence by the American Jewish Press Association. Eleff is a key partner in RRCHNM’s Collecting These Times project.

Jeanette Patrick

Executive Producer

Jeanette Patrick is the Head of R2 Studios. She is a public historian and has an M.A. in Public History from James Madison University. Patrick oversees the development and production of all R2 Studios’ podcasts including The Green Tunnel, Your Most Obedient & Humble Servant, Worlds Turned Upside Down, and Antisemitism U.S.A: A History. Patrick previously worked in the museum industry where she played a pivotal role in creating digital public history projects. She worked at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, where won a silver Telly Award for a visitor center film she wrote entitled “George Washington and the Pursuit of Religious Freedom.” She also wrote scripts for audio and AR tours, live-action films, and animated videos. With Jim Ambuske, Patrick co-created and co-wrote the podcast Intertwined: The Enslaved Community at George Washington’s Mount Vernon which was a finalist for the 2021 People's Choice Podcast Award.

Jim Ambuske

Producer

Jim Ambuske, Ph.D. is Co-Head of R2 Studios. He is a historian of the American Revolution, Scotland, and the British Atlantic World. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia in 2016 and he is the author and co-author of several publications on the American Revolution, transatlantic legal history, and King George III. At R2 Studios, Ambuske researches, writes, and narrates Worlds Turned Upside Down. He also oversees the production of The Green Tunnel, Your Most Obedient & Humble Servant, and Antisemitism U.S.A: A History. Before joining R2 Studios, Ambuske led the Center for Digital History at the Washington Library at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, where he hosted and produced the podcast, Conversations at the Washington Library and with Jeanette Patrick co-created and co-wrote the podcast series, Intertwined: The Enslaved Community at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. He is also a former Farmer Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of Virginia Law Library. At UVA Law Library, Ambuske co-directed the 1828 Catalouge Project and the Scottish Court of Session Digital Archive Project.

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