Brandeis University Press

Brandeis University Press is now partnering with the University of Chicago Press for the distribution, marketing and sales of all existing and new titles under the Brandeis University Press imprint.

Our critically acclaimed, award-winning books cover diverse subjects and perspectives relating to politics, culture, history, gender, religion, philosophy, language, and literature. While we are committed to publishing compelling and innovative approaches to the study of the Jewish experience worldwide, Brandeis University Press's broader goal is to illuminate subjects of all stripes with intelligence, curiosity, and care.

Brandeis University Press publishes in a variety of scholarly and general interest fields, including the following:


American Jewish History, edited by Gary Phillip Zola and Marc Dollinger

This series encompasses all areas of American Jewish civilization, including history, religion, thought, politics, economics, sociology, anthropology, literature, and the arts. The series emphasizes contemporary and interdisciplinary studies, and volumes that tie together divergent aspects of the American Jewish experience.

The Best School in Jerusalem by Laura S. Schor
The HBI Series on Jewish Women, created by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, publishes a wide range of books by and about Jewish women in diverse contexts and time periods. Of interest to scholars and the educated public, the HBI Series on Jewish Women fills major gaps in Jewish Studies and in Women and Gender Studies as well as their intersection. The series is supported by a generous gift from Dr. Laura S. Schor.
Becoming Israeli by Anat Helman

This series draws on disciplines across the academy, from anthropology, sociology, political science and international relations to the arts, history and literature. It seeks to further an understanding of Israel within the context of the modern Middle East and the modern Jewish experience. There is special interest in developing publications that enrich the university curriculum and enlighten the public at large. The series is published under the auspices of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University.

The Besht by Immanuel Etkes

This series features scholarly works related to the Enlightenment, modern Judaism and the struggle for emancipation, the rise of nationalism and the spread of antisemitism, the Holocaust and its aftermath, as well as the contemporary Jewish experience. The series is published under the auspices of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry - established by a gift to Brandeis University from Dr. Laszlo N. Tauber - and is supported, in part, by the Tauber Foundation and the Valya and Robert Shapiro Endowment.

Jewish Legal Theories, edited by Leora Batnitzky and Yonatan Brafman

This library aims to redefine the canon of modern Jewish thought by publishing primary source readings from individual Jewish thinkers or groups of thinkers in reliable English translations. Designed for courses in modern Jewish philosophy, thought, and intellectual history, each volume features a general introduction and annotations to each source with the instructor and student in mind. The Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought is part of the Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry.

Citizenship, Faith and Feminism by Jan Feldman

The series publishes work that: develops new theoretical tools for conceptualizing feminist projects for transforming the interpretation and justification of religious law; examines the interaction or application of civil law or remedies to gender issues in a religious context; and engages in analysis of conflicts over gender and culture/religion in a particular religious legal tradition, cultural community, or nation. Created under the auspices of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute in conjunction with its Project on Gender, Culture, Religion, and the Law, this series emphasizes cross-cultural and interdisciplinary scholarship concerning Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and other religious traditions.

Aesthetic Theology and Its Enemies by David Nirenberg
The Mandel Lectures in the Humanities bring to the Mandel Center for the Humanities each year a prominent scholar who gives a series of three lectures and conducts an informal seminar during his or her stay on campus. The Mandel Lectures are unique in their rotation of disciplines or fields within the humanities and humanistic social sciences: the speakers have ranged from historians to literary critics, from classicists to anthropologists. The published series of books therefore reflects the interdisciplinary mission of the center and the wide range of extraordinary work being done in the humanities today.
Altered Pasts by Richard J. Evans
Since 1993, the Historical Society of Israel has been hosting an annual series of lectures in memory of Menahem Stern. Focusing on history, the lectures have been given special status by their depth and breadth of focus, and by their availability as a series of publications.