Author Bio

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Pamela Nadell is the author of America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today (W.W. Norton), winner of the 2019 National Jewish Book Award–Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year.  The book was also published in Hebrew.  Her books include book Women Who Would be Rabbis: A History of Women’s Ordination, 1889-1985, a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award in Women’s Studies.  She is currently writing Antisemitism, An American Tradition: A New History to be published by W.W. Norton.

Professor and Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History at American University in Washington, DC, Pamela Nadell won AU’s Scholar/Teacher of the Year award in 2007. An acclaimed teacher, her courses include Antisemitism: Enduring Hatred, Holocaust, and American Jewish History.  C-SPAN Lectures in History recorded her lecture on Antisemitism between World War I and World War II.

A popular lecturer on American Jewish life, she has riveted audiences from New York’s Streicker Center to Los Angeles’ American Jewish University, from Columbia University to UCLA, and has lectured abroad at universities in England, France, Germany, Hungary, and Israel.

Past president of the Association for Jewish Studies, her consulting to museums includes Tel Aviv’s ANU: The Museum of the Jewish People and Philadelphia’s Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History.

Pamela earned a doctorate at Ohio State University, a B.A. from Douglass College, Rutgers University, and studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.