John M. Efron

Koret Professor
Office Hours: 
on leave
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
Fall 2016 175B Jews in the Modern World
Fall 2016 280B.001 Germans and Jews
Fall 2016 280B.004 Advanced Studies in European History: German Jewry
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
Spring 2013 178 History of the Holocaust
Spring 2013 280B.004 Ancient Israel in the Modern European Imagination