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Mark A. Raider
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Dr. Mark A. Raider is Professor of Modern Jewish History in the Department of History (College of Arts & Sciences) and Director of the Center for Studies in Jewish Education and Culture (College of Education). He serves as Vice President of the University's Academy of Fellows for Teaching and Learning. He is Visiting Professor of American Jewish History at the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Dr. Raider earned his BA at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1988 and his Master's and PhD degrees at Brandeis University in 1993 and 1996 respectively. He also studied at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Before joining the University of Cincinnati, he was the Founding Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York from 2000 to 2006. From 2007 to 2012, he served as Director of the Posen Foundation Education Project, a countrywide interdisciplinary teacher education initiative focused on American middle school and high school teachers interested in Jewish history, culture, and literature.
Dr. Raider is the author of numerous scholarly articles. His recent publications include “Moshe Dayan: ‘Israel's No. 1 Hero’ (in America),” Journal of Israeli History 37:1 (2019): 21-61; “‘Girded for the Superhuman Task’: American Jews and the Trope of the Zionist Pioneer, 1925-1956,” American Jewish History 103:3 (2019): 303-344; and "The Public Political Theology of Stephen S. Wise,” CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly (Summer 2019): 17-35.
Dr. Raider’s books are The Essential Hayim Greenberg: Essays and Addresses on Jewish Culture, Socialism, and Zionism (University of Alabama Press, 2017); Nahum Goldmann: Statesman Without a State (State University of New York Press, 2009); American Jewish Women and the Zionist Enterprise, with Shulamit Reinharz (Brandeis University Press, 2005); The Plough Woman: Records of the Pioneer Women of Palestine. A Critical Edition, with Miriam B. Raider-Roth (Brandeis University Press, 2002); The Emergence of American Zionism (New York University Press, 1998); and Abba Hillel Silver and American Zionism, with Jonathan D. Sarna and Ronald W. Zweig (Frank Cass, 1997). He completed a book-length history of the American Jewish experience for the prize-winning second edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica (vol. 20, 2006).
Dr. Raider is currently working on two book projects. The Israeli Hero in the American Mind: The Changing Image of Zionism and Israel in American Culture examines the protean trope of the Zionist and Israeli hero from roughly the fin-de-siecle until today. This study traces the evolution of American society’s perception of the archetype of the Jewish hero – from the latter’s biblical significance to its modern-day complexity. America’s Rabbi: Stephen S. Wise is a full-scale biography of one of the twentieth century’s most important American Jewish and Zionist leaders. Closely associated with Louis D. Brandeis, Woodrow Wilson, Felix Frankfurter, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Stephen S. Wise (1874-1949) played a key role in American and world Jewish affairs as well as the founding of the State of Israel.
Dr. Raider teaches a wide variety of courses on U.S. history, American culture, the American Jewish experience, modern Jewish history, and Zionism and Israel. He also teaches graduate courses on thematic topics