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Daniel B. Schwartz

Daniel B. Schwartz is an Associate Professor of History at The George Washington University specializing in modern Jewish and European intellectual and cultural history.  He received an A.B. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University in 1997 and a Ph.D. in Jewish history from Columbia University in 2007. His first book, The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image, which traces the shifting image of the seventeenth-century Dutch Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza in modern Jewish culture, was published by Princeton University Press in 2012. The book was a co-winner of the Salo Baron Prize, awarded annually by the American Academy for Jewish Research to the best first book in Jewish studies, and was also a finalist for a 2012 National Jewish Book Award in the category of history. He is currently working on a new research project, a genealogy of the ghetto that traces its evolution as a word, concept, metaphor, and place in both Jewish history and beyond. His research interests include Jewish historical consciousness, early modern and modern Jewish identities, and Jewish intellectuals.

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