Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Howard Tzvi Adelman

Associate Professor of History
Director, Program in Jewish Studies
Jewish History: social, cultural, early modern, Italian, women’s, Palestine/Israel, Jewish-Muslim-Christian relations


236 Watson Hall
Phone: 613-533-2150 or 613-533-6000 x 79139
Fax: 613-533-6298



PhD, Brandeis University, 1985
MA , Jewish Theological Seminary, 1977
BA , Cornell University, 1974

Jewish History Courses

Jewish and World History, until 1492
Jewish and World History, since 1492

Dialogue Courses (co-taught)

Jewish, Arab, and World Civilization until 1492
Muslim and Jewish Societies in the Middle Ages
Messiahs, Mystics, and Martyrs in Medieval Muslim and Jewish Religious Culture
Modern Jewish History (since 1492): Jews under Christianity and Islam
Jews and Muslims in Modern European History: The Enlightenment Origins of Antisemitism and Islamophobia
Israel/Palestine:  One Land, Many Narratives
Comparative Diasporas: Palestinians and Israelis Abroad since 1880

Current Research and Writing

Leon Modena, Seventeenth Century Venetian Rabbi and Critic

Selected Representative Publications

Jewish Marriage Negotiations in Early Modern Italy: For Love and Money (New York: Routledge Research in Early Modern History, forthcoming)

Modena, Leon, The Autobiography of a Seventeenth-Century Venetian Rabbi: Leon Modena’s Life of Judah,  Mark  Cohen, ed. and tr. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988, “Leon Modena: The Man and the Autobiography,” pp. 19-49;  “Historical Notes,” (with Benjamin Ravid), pp. 181-278  

“Leon Modena, Sarra Copia Sullam, and L’Accademia degli Incogniti,”  in Venice, the Jews, and Europe (Venice: Marsilio, 2016), pp. 310-313 (also in Italian edition)

“Criticism and Tradition: Leon Modena, Azariah de’Rossi, and Elijah Levita Bahur on Kabbalah and the Hebrew Vowels,” in History, Memory, and Jewish Identity, Ira Robinson, Naftali S. Cohen, Lorenzo D’Tommaso, eds (Brighton: Academic Studies Press, 2015), pp. 147-171

“The Venetian Identities of Beatrice and Brianda de Luna,” Nashim 25 (2013): 10-19

“A Rabbi Reads the Qur’an in the Venetian Ghetto,” Jewish History 26:1-2 (2012):125-37

Review Article: No Debate: The Israel Lobby and Freedom of Speech at Canadian Universities, by Jon Thompson, Queen’s Law Journal 37:2 (2012): 731-749

“Reflections on Jewish Studies, Twenty Years Later,” Perspectives, Association for Jewish Studies, Spring, 2008, pp. 46-48

“Virginity: Women’s Body as a State of Mind:  Destiny becomes Biology,” The Jewish Body in the Early Modern Period, eds, M. Diemling and G. Veltri (Brill, 2008), pp. 179-213

“Germany as a Museum of Jewish History and a Laboratory for Jewish Christian Relations,” Textures and Meanings: Thirty Years of Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Leonard H. Ehrlich et al, eds.

“Self, Other, and Community:  Jewish Women’s Autobiography,”  Nashim 7 (2004): 116-127

“Po vesham:  hora-at limudei ha-ishah be-artzot haberit uva-aretz,”  [Here and There: Teaching Women’s Studies in the United States and in Israel] Harimi vakoah kolekh:  al kolot nashiim ufarshanut feministit belimudei hayahdut] Raise up your voice with strength: on the voices of woman and feminist interpretation in Jewish Studies],  Rinah Levine Melammed, ed. (Yediot Aharonot, 2001): 169-174

 “Korbanot betoldot am yisrael [Sacrifice in Jewish History],” Ma-of uma-aseh 6 (2000): 161-182


Revised: October 2017