Associate Professor of Judaic Studies and History:
Program in Judaic Studies; History
Phone: +1 401 863 3915
Maud Mandel is an associate professor of history and Judaic studies. Mandel specializes in modern Jewish history and has focused particularly on the 20th-century French Jewish experience. She has written extensively on the impact of genocide on the reconstruction of community and on inter-ethnic relations. Her work has been marked by an on-going engagement with comparative historical methodology, and she has written extensively about Armenian and Muslim communities in France as well.
MAUD S. MANDEL
(Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1998; A.M., University of Michigan, 1993; B.A. Oberlin College, 1989) is Associate Professor of Judaic Studies and History and Director of the Program in Judaic Studies. Her monograph, In the Aftermath of Genocide: Armenians and Jews in Twentieth Century France, was published by Duke University Press in 2003. Her current book project, Muslims and Jews in France: The Genealogy of a Conflict is under contract with Princeton University Press and has been awarded fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the American Philosophical Society. Her most recent article, "The War Comes Home: Muslim/Jewish Relations in Marseille during the 1991 Gulf War," appeared in the volume, The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the Francophone World (Routledge 2010). She teaches courses on many aspects of modern Jewish history, including history of the Holocaust, Zionism and the birth of the state of Israel, and history of American Jews.
Mandel's current project, Muslims and Jews in France: The Genealogy of a Conflict, seeks to understand the recent tension between these two large ethno-religious minorities. Much initial analysis has suggested that Israel's birth pitted Arabs against Jews wherever they lived. Without rejecting this explanation in full, Mandel's book argues that it is incomplete, since it presupposes the conflict's inevitability and ignores the role of French political and social transformations in shaping the two minorities in question.
Herbert Katzki Award, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, 2008
Fellow, Cogut Center for the Humanities, Brown University, Spring 2006
Edwin and Shirley Seave Faculty Fellow, Pembroke Center, Brown University, 2005-6
Member, Academic Council, American Jewish Historical Society
Member, American Historical Association
Member, Association for Jewish Studies
I teach both graduate and undergraduate students in a wide range of topics in modern Jewish history. As a member of both the Department of History and the Program in Judaic studies, I have taken an active part in curricular development in both areas, creating a variety of new courses, overseeing independent study courses, mentoring thesis writers and graduate students, advising incoming students, and maintaining the core courses essential to a flourishing program in modern Jewish history. In particular, I have sought to integrate the comparative methodological approach that I have adopted for my own research as a means of encouraging students to consider modern Jewish history in a larger historical and interpretive grid.
American Philosophical Society, $40,000, Winter 2009
American Council of Learned Societies, $18,500, Fall 2008
Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, $5000, Fall 2008
American Historical Association, Schmitt Grant, $500, Summer 2005
National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend, $5,000, Summer 2004
Watson Institute Middle East Research Initiative Grant, Brown University, $5,125, 2002-3
Solomon Research Grant, Brown University, $5,000, Fall 2002