NEJS Faculty

Jonathan D. Sarna

Jonathan D. Sarna

Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History

Contact Information

(781) 736-2977
(781) 736-2070 FAX


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Mailing Address

Jonathan D. Sarna
Brandeis University
MS 054
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454-9110


Yale University, Ph.D.
Yale University, M.Phil.
Yale University, M.A.
Brandeis University, M.A.
Brandeis University, B.A.
Hebrew College, B.H.L.


Jonathan Sarna is the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History and Chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University. He recently served as president of the Association for Jewish Studies and is the Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

Dubbed by the Forward newspaper in 2004 as one of America’s fifty most influential American Jews, he was Chief Historian for the 350th commemoration of the American Jewish community, and is recognized as a leading commentator on American Jewish history, religion and life.  June 2016 he received the Lee Max Friedman Award by the American Jewish Historical Society.  In 2009, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Sarna's areas of expertise include American Jewish History and Life, Jews in the Americas, and American Religion. His most recent courses taught include The American Jewish Community in Historical Perspective, and American Judaism.

Selected Publications

Dr. Sarna has written, edited, or co-edited more than thirty books, including Lincoln and the Jews: A History (with Benjamin Shapell) and When General Grant Expelled the Jews.  He is best known for the acclaimed American Judaism: A History.