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James Benjamin Loeffler

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of History
Office location and address
236 Nau Hall
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
Education
B.A. Harvard University, 1996
Post-Graduate Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1997
M.A. Columbia University, 2000
Ph.D. Columbia University, 2006
Dean's Visiting Scholar, Georgetown University Law Center, 2013-2014
Israel Institute Teaching Fellow
Source: The Israel Institute, Inc.
August 01, 2021 – July 31, 2022
AS-HIST Mellon New Directions Fellowship
Source: Mellon Foundation
April 01, 2013 – February 01, 2017
HIME 2012: Palestine 1948
Credits: 3
This course explores the dramatic war of 1948 in Palestine from the UN partition resolution of November 29, 1947 to the cease-fire agreements in early 1949. It covers the political, military progression of the war, within international and decolonization contexts, while paying special attention to the two major outcomes of the war and how they came about: Jewish independence and Palestinian dispossession.
HIEU 2101: Jewish History I: The Ancient and Medieval Experience
Credits: 3
This course surveys the pre-modern Jewish historical experience from antiquity through the sixteenth century.
HIEU 2102: Modern Jewish History
Credits: 3
Survey of Jewish history from the seventeenth century to the present, primarily in Europe, but with further treatment of Jewish life in the U.S. and Israel. Major topics include Jewish historical consciousness; patterns of emancipation; religious adjustment; the role of women; anti-Semitism; Zionism; the American Jewish experience; the Holocaust; the establishment of Israel; and Jewish life in Europe after the Holocaust.
HIUS 3191: American Jewish History
Credits: 3
This course examines the 350-year history of the Jewish people in colonial North American and the United States. It surveys the social, religious, cultural, and political life of Jews and the comparative dimension with other minority groups and Jewish communities across the world.
HIEU 3452: Jewish Culture and History in Eastern Europe
Credits: 3
This course is a comprehensive examination of the culture and history of East European Jewry from 1750 to 1935. Course cross-listed with YITR 3452.
HIST 4501: Major Seminar
Credits: 4
The major seminar is a small class (not more than 15 students) intended primarily but not exclusively for history majors who have completed two or more courses relevant to the topic of the seminar. The work of the seminar results primarily in the preparation of a substantial (ca. 25 pages in standard format) research paper. Some restrictions and prerequisites apply to enrollment. See a history advisor or the director of undergraduate studies.
HIEU 4502: Seminar in Post-1700 European History
Credits: 4
The major seminar is a small class (not more than 15 students) intended primarily but not exclusively for history majors who have completed two or more courses relevant to the topic of the seminar. The work of the seminar results primarily in the preparation of a substantial (ca. 25 pp. in standard format) research paper. Some restrictions and prerequisites apply to enrollment. See a history advisor or the director of undergraduate studies.
HIST 4511: Major Colloquium
Credits: 4
The major colloquium is a small class (not more than 15 students) intended primarily but not exclusively for history majors who have completed two or more courses relevant to the topic of the colloquium. Colloquia are most frequently offered in areas of history where access to source materials or linguistic demands make seminars especially difficult. Students in colloquial prepare about 25 pages of written work distributed among various assignments. Some restrictions and prerequisites apply to enrollment. See a history advisor or the director of undergraduate studies.
HIEU 4512: Colloquium in Post-1700 European History
Credits: 4
A small class (not more than 15 students) intended primarily for history majors who have completed two or more courses relevant to the topic. Frequently offered in areas of history where access to source materials or linguistic demands make seminars especially difficult. Students will prepare about 25 pages of written work distributed among various assignments. Some restrictions and prerequisites apply to enrollment. See History DUS.
IMP 4970: Interdisciplinary Thesis
Credits: 3
Required Thesis for Interdisciplinary majors.
IMP 4971: Interdisciplinary Thesis
Credits: 3
Required Thesis for Interdisciplinary majors.
HIST 5559: New Course in General History
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of general history.
HIEU 5559: New Course in European History
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of European History.
RELJ 5559: New Course in Judaism
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Judaism
HIST 8999: Research in History
Credits: 1–12
For master's essay and other research carried out prior to advancement to candidacy, taken under the supervision of the student's adviser.
HIEU 9032: Tutorial in Modern Jewish History
Credits: 3
This tutorial explores the major historiographical literature of modern jewish history, with an emphasis on core themes of political, cultural, and religious patterns, issues of periodization, and the question of its relationship to other fields of modern history.
HIST 9960: Readings in History
Credits: 3
This course is a graduate-level adaptation of an undergraduate course in history. The graduate-level adaption requires additional research, readings, or other academic work established by the instructor beyond the undergraduate syllabus.
HIST 9961: Supervised Reading and Tutorial
Credits: 3
Graduate study of the historiography of a particular topic or historical period, equivalent to a graduate-level colloquium course. Prerequisites: Approval of director of graduate studies or department chair.
HIST 9962: General Exam Preparation
Credits: 3
In this course, students will prepare for the general examination under the guidance of a faculty examiner. During the course, the student will identify relevant readings; complete and review those readings; and explore the larger questions raised by those readings and their fields more generally.
HIST 9964: Master's Essay Revision
Credits: 3
This course is intended for PhD candidates to revise their master's essays for publication under the guidance of a member of the graduate faculty. It is typically taken in first semester of the second year of study.
HIST 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.

Natan Book Award, Jewish Book Council, Finalist, 2017

Robert A. Savitt Fellow, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Spring 2015.

Kluge Fellow, John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Fall 2014.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Faculty Fellow, 2013-2014.

Association for Jewish Studies, Board Member, 2013-2016

Association for Jewish Studies, C0-Chair, Conference Division on Modern Jewish History in Europe, Asia, Israel and Other Communities, 2014-2015

Academic Advisory Council, Center for Jewish History, 2011-2014

Scholar-in-Residence, Pro Musica Hebraica Foundation, Washington, DC

Non-Resident Research Fellow, Jewish Music Research Centre, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Academic Vice-Chair, The Jewish Music Forum, American Society for Jewish Music, 2006-present

University of Virginia Buckner W. Clay Endowment Faculty Award, 2011-2012

American Council for Learned Societies/National Endowment for the Humanities/Social Science Research Council Combined Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research on Eastern Europe and Eurasia, 2009-2010

University of Virginia Mead Honored Professors Teaching Award, 2009-2010

Irene Fromer Fellow in Jewish Studies, Columbia University, 2005-2006

Hays-Fulbright Doctoral Dissertation Research Award to Russia and Ukraine, 2003-2004

National Foundation for Jewish Culture Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2003-2004

Center for Jewish History Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2002-2003

Wexner Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1998-2002