John M. Efron

Koret Professor
Office Hours: 
Mondays 2:00pm-4:00pm
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: 

Sephardic Aesthetics and the Ashkenazic Imagination: German Jewry in the Age of Emancipation (Princeton University Press, forthcoming)

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 2015 C175B Jewish Civilization: Modern Period
Spring 2015 280B.003/285B Modern Jewish History
Spring 2014 178 History of the Holocaust
Spring 2014 280B/285B.004 Modern Jewish Scholarship: History and Practice
Fall 2014 178 History of the Holocaust