|Written by Ruby Ong|
Derek J. Penslar is the Samuel Zacks Professor of Jewish History at The University of Toronto. His publications focus on Jewish political, economic, and cultural life in modern Europe, particularly Germany, and on the history of the Zionist movement and state of Israel.
His books include Zionism and Technocracy: The Engineering of Jewish Settlement in Palestine, 1870-1918 ; In Search of Jewish Community: Jewish Identities in Germany and Austria, 1918-1933 (co-edited with Michael Brenner), Shylock's Children: Economics and Jewish Identity in Modern Europe ; Orientalism and the Jews (co-edited with Ivan Kalmar); Contemporary Antisemitism: Canada and the World and Israel in History: The Jewish State in Comparative Perspective (2006).
His current projects include a book on Jewish attitudes towards war and the military in modern history and a documentary history of Zionism. Professor Penslar is the Incoming Chair of Israeli Studies, St. Anne's College, Oxford University (2012).