Endelman, Todd M.

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ENDELMAN, TODD M. (1946– ), scholar of Jewish history. Born in Fresno, Calif., he was educated at the University of California at Berkeley, and at Warwick University, Coventry, England, and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1976. He was an assistant professor of Jewish history at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University in New York from 1976 to 1979 and a lecturer in history at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1979. From 1979 to 1985 Endelman was an associate professor of modern Jewish and European history at Indiana University, Bloomington. He became the William Haber Professor of Modern Jewish History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1985, and the director of the university's Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. In 1982 and 1999 he was a visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies.

Endelman is known as a specialist in the social history of the Jews of Western Europe, particularly Anglo-Jewish history, and his work examines conversion and other forms of radical assimilation. His 1979 work, The Jews of Georgian England, 17141830: Tradition and Change in a Liberal Society, received the National Jewish Book Award for History and the A.S. Diamond Memorial Prize of the Jewish Historical Society of England. His other works include Radical Assimilation in English Jewish History, 16561945 (1990) and The Jews of Britain, 16562000 (2002). He served as editor of (and contributor to) Jewish Apostasy in the Modern World (1987) and Comparing Jewish Societies (1997). He was coeditor, with Tony Kushner, of Disraeli's Jewishness (2002). He has written extensively for academic journals and has contributed to many works, including The Legacy of Jewish Migration: 1881 and Its Impact (1983), History and Hate: The Dimensions of Anti-Semitism (1986), Living with Anti-Semitism: Modern Jewish Responses (1987), and The Self-Fashioning of Disraeli, 18181851 (2000).

A fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research, he is also a member of the American Historical Association, the Association for Jewish Studies, and the Jewish Historical Society of England. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, and the Lilly Endowment. Endelman's later research involves the study of Jewish apostasy in Europe and America from the Enlightenment to the present.

[Dorothy Bauhoff (2nd ed.)]