Carlebach, Elisheva

Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture and Society


Ph.D. — Columbia University, 1986
M.A. — Columbia University, 1978
B.A. — Brooklyn College, CUNY, 1976

Interests and Research

Elisheva Carlebach, Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture, and Society, specializes in the cultural, intellectual, and religious history of the Jews in Early Modern Europe. Areas of particular interest include the intersection of Jewish and Christian culture and its effect on notions of tolerance, religious dissent, conversion, messianism, and communal governance. Her books include The Pursuit of Heresy (1990), awarded the National Jewish Book Award, Divided Souls: Converts from Judaism in Early Modern Germany (2000) and Palaces of Time: Jewish Calendar and Culture in Early Modern Europe (2011). She has twice held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2003 She was a Fellow at the New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers, and in 2010-2011, Tikvah Fellow at NYU Law School. She served as Editor of the Association for Jewish Studies Review and chaired the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History. She has served as President of the American Academy for Jewish Research.