NIF Board Member
Los Angeles, CA
David N. Myers is a Professor of Jewish History at UCLA, where he serves as Robert N. Burr Chair of the History Department. For ten years, Myers served as Director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies. An alumnus of Yale College (1982), Myers undertook graduate studies at Tel-Aviv and Harvard Universities before receiving his Ph.D with distinction in 1991 in Jewish history from Columbia University. He has written widely in the fields of Jewish intellectual and cultural history. His books include Re-inventing the Jewish Past (Oxford, 1995), Resisting History: The Crisis of Historicism in German-Jewish Thought (Princeton, 2003), and Between Jew and Arab: The Lost Voice of Simon Rawidowicz (Brandeis, 2008). Myers has also edited or co-edited seven books. At present, he is engaged in writing a book together with Nomi Stolzenberg on the Satmar Hasidic community of Kiryas Joel, New York. He is also at work on a book tentatively titled “Is there a Jewish Nation?: Reflections on the State of Jewish Collectivity” (Indiana University Press), as well as a volume on Jewish history for the Oxford University Press Very Short Introduction series. Myers has just edited with Alexander Kaye The Faith of Fallen Jews: Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi and the Writing of Jewish History (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2014).
Myers has taught at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris) and Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow). He has received fellowships from the Leo Baeck Institute, Fulbright Foundation, Lady David Trust, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. During the 2009-10 year, he was the Ellie and Herbert Katz Distinguished Fellow in Judaic Studies at the Katz Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Myers was previously a fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies (Philadelphia) in 1995, and he has also visited at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem in 1997. Myers has served as a member of the board of the Association for Jewish Studies, as well as a teacher for the Wexner Heritage Foundation. He writes frequently on matters of contemporary Jewish concern. Since 2002, Myers has served as co-editor of the Jewish Quarterly Review. He is an elected Fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research.