John M. Efron

Koret Professor of Jewish History
2217 Dwinelle
(510) 643-8887

B.A., Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (1979)
M.A., New York University (1981)
Ph.D., Columbia University (1991)

Research Interests: 

 Modern Jewish History; Cultural and Social history of German Jewry

Representative Publications: 

German Jewry and the Allure of the Sephardic (Princeton University Press, 2016)

The Jews: A History, with Matthias Lehmann and Steven Weitzman (Prentice Hall, 2009; second edition, 2013)

Medicine and the German Jews: A History (Yale University Press, Spring 2001)

Jewish History and Jewish Memory: Essays in Honor of Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi ed., with Elisheva Carlebach and David N. Myers (University Press of New England, 1998)

Defenders of the Race: Jewish Doctors and Race Science in Fin-de Siécle Europe (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994)


Semester Course Title Syllabus
Spring 2018 178 The Holocaust
Spring 2018 280B/285B Antisemitism: From the Age of Tacitus to the Age of Trump
Spring 2017 178 The Holocaust
Spring 2017 280B/285B Ancient Israel in the Modern Western Imagination
Fall 2016 175B Jews in the Modern World
Fall 2016 280B.001 Germans and Jews
Fall 2016 280B.004 German Jewry
Spring 2015 C175B Jewish Civilization: Modern Period
Spring 2015 280B.003/285B Modern Jewish History
Spring 2014 178 History of the Holocaust