Daniel Schwartz

Daniel Schwartz

Associate Professor of History
Room 317
Address: Phillips Hall
801 22nd St NW
Washington, DC,
Phone: 202-994-2397
[email protected]

The most up-to-date information about Professor Schwartz can be found on his faculty page on the History department's website.

Daniel Schwartz specializes in modern Jewish and European intellectual and cultural history. His first book, The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image, traces the shifting image of the seventeenth-century Dutch Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza in modern Jewish culture. It was co-winner of the 2012 American Academy for Jewish Research's Salo Wittmayer Baron Prize, and a finalist for the 2012 National Jewish Book Award in History. Professor Schwartz is currently working on a new research project, a genealogy of the ghetto that traces its evolution as a word, concept, metaphor, and place in both Jewish history and beyond Jewish contexts as such.  His research interests include Jewish historical consciousness, early modern and modern Jewish identities, and Jewish intellectuals.


Ph.D., Columbia University, 2007.


The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012.

Spinoza in Modern Jewish Culture: A Reader. Brandeis University Press, forthcoming.

"Spinoza: Hero, Infidel, Celebrity." The Jewish Daily Forward, 30 June 2006, 6.

Classes Taught

HIST 3001: The Jewish Intellectual
HIST 3001: Bookmarks of Jewish History
HIST 3001: Jewish Civilization I
HIST 3060: Modern Jewish History
HIST 3061: The Holocaust
HIST 3124: 19th-Century Europe
HIST 3820: History of Israel

HIST 6005: History and Historians