Tel Aviv University
Gerard Weinstock Visiting Professor of History
Harvard University Department of History
Scott Ury is a scholar of Jewish and East European histories in modern times, in particular in Polish lands. His research interests include social and political topics like urban history, nationalism studies and the history of migration and also the study of antisemitism and, more recently, memory studies.
He was educated at the University of California, Berkeley and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he received his PhD in 2006. Since 2006, he has been affiliated with Dept. of Jewish history at Tel Aviv University (TAU), first as a post-doctoral fellow and later (2010-present) as a faculty member. He has also held fellowships or visiting positions at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Toronto, the University of Warsaw, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and now at Harvard.
Currently, Dr. Ury is Director of TAU’s Eva and Marc Besen Institute for the Study of Historical Consciousness, where he also serves as Senior Editor of the peer-reviewed journal, History and Memory: Studies in Representation of the Past. Previously, He was Director of TAU’s Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Antisemitism and Racism (2010-2020). Since 2008, he has led (or co-led) a series of research groups at TAU and other institutions in Israel related to various aspects of Jewish social, political and intellectual history, including Cosmopolitanism (2008), East European Jewry (2008-2009), Jews and Cities (2009-2012), Antisemitism and Racism (2012-2015), Neighbors and Neighborhoods (2015-2016), Antisemitism and Islamophobia (2017-2018), Jews and the Left (2019-2020), and Writing Jewish Social History (2020-2022). These working groups often represent a combination of his own research interests and those of his graduate students and colleagues from TAU and other institutions.
His publications include Barricades and Banners: The Revolution of 1905 and the Transformation of Warsaw Jewry (Stanford, 2012) and six co-edited volumes on various aspects of modern Jewish history, including Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism and the Jews of East Central Europe (Routledge, 2014), Antisemitism: Historical Concept, Public Discourse (in Hebrew, 2020), and Key Concepts in the Study of Antisemitism (Palgrave, 2021). Dr. Ury has also written numerous articles, chapters and book reviews, many of which can be found on his academia website.
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