Jewish Studies
Department Chair:
Abraham Socher

Administrative Assistant:
Brenda Hall

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8866
Fax: (440) 775-6910

Rice Hall, Room 316
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00-4:30 PM

Shulamit S. Magnus

Shulamit S. Magnus

Professor of History, and Jewish Studies
(On Leave 2014-15)

Contact Information


Rice Hall 310
(440) 775-8529

Shulamit S. Magnus

Shulamit Magnus

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Barnard College, 1972
  • Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1977
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1988

Shulamit S. Magnus (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1988), is a social and cultural historian specializing in Jewish modernity; her courses span the range of Jewish experience and expression from biblical antiquity to the present. She is particularly interested in identity and boundary lines in Jewish history and the history of women and gender in Jewish society. She is the author of Jewish Emancipation in a German City: Cologne, 1798-1871 (Stanford University Press, 1997), and an unabridged translation and annotated, critical edition of Pauline Wengeroff's Memoirs of a Grandmother: Scenes from the Cultural History of the Jews in Russia in the Nineteenth Century (Stanford University Press, 2010), volume one of which won the National Jewish Book Award. Volume Two is in press (Stanford Unviersity Press), having won the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Translation Award. In press, too, is a new book, A Woman’s Life: Pauline Wengeroff and Memoirs of a Grandmother (The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization), a biography of Wengeroff and of Memoirs, tracing how and why it came to be the work we have in hand.

Two student stories from Academic Ambassador, 2012