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|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-Antisemitism
Reviewer for H-Antisemitism
Reviewer for H-Ideas
Reviewer for H-Judaic
|Reviews:||French-Jewish Emancipation and its Discontents
French-Jewish 'Emancipation' and its Discontents
Teaching the Dreyfus Affair
Deadly Ethics?: The Impact of Social Darwinism on Eugenics and Racism in
Philosophers on Celluloid: Sartre, Beauvoir, Heidegger, and the French Heideggerians
The Zacuto Complex: On Reading _The Jews in South Africa_
French Philoso-Jews and Meta-Rabbis
|Interests:||Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies
Jonathan Judaken is the Spence L. Wilson Chair in the Humanities at Rhodes College. He is the author of more than 50 academic articles on the history of existentialism, anti-Semitism, racism, and on post-Holocaust French Jewish thought. He has written, edited, or co-edited five books. He published the monograph Jean-Paul Sartre and the Jewish Question: Anti-antisemitism and the Politics of the French Intellectual (Nebraska, 2006), edited Race After Sartre: Antiracism, Africana Existentialism, Postcolonialism (SUNY 2008) and Naming Race, Naming Racisms (Routledge 2009), and co-edited (with Robert Bernasconi), Situating Existentialism: Key Texts in Context (Columbia 2012) and (with Karen Golightly) Memphis: 200 Years Together (Susan Schadt Press 2019).
Most recently, he edited and wrote the lead article for a round table in the American Historical Review titled, “Rethinking Anti-Semitism” (October 2018) and co-edited and introduced a special issue of Jewish History (with Ethan Katz) on “Jews and Muslims in France Before and After Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher” (September 2018). He has just finished co-editing The Albert Memmi Reader (with Michael Lejman), a compendium of the Tunisian Franco-Jewish writer’s work (Nebraska, forthcoming December 2020), for which he wrote a long Introduction. He is completing a new monograph entitled, Critical Theories of Anti-Semitism: Confronting Modernity and Modern Judeophobia.
He visited both Israel and South Africa as a Fulbright Senior Specialist (Summer 2011 and Summer 2013) and he was previously a scholar-in-residence at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (2006-2007). He was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at Harvard (2000) and at College of Charleston (2018). He is U.S. Contributing Editor for the journal Patterns of Prejudice and on the Associate Editorial Board for the journal Critical Philosophy of Race and serves on the national board of scholars for Facing History and Ourselves.
Judaken has published journalistic and op-ed pieces in Ha’aretz, Inside Higher Ed, the Huffington Post, Tablet and the Forward. For seven years, he hosted a monthly radio show on NPR-WKNO for the MidSouth called “Counterpoint” that focused on academic and intellectual contributions to discussions in the public sphere and created and long-voiced a weekly segment on WKNO called “Spotlight on Lifelong Learning” that still runs. He curates the “Communities in Conversation” lecture series at Rhodes College.