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Jonathan JudakenAssociate Professor, History
Office Phone: (901) 678-4498
Areas of Expertise:
Jews and Judaism
Modern European history
World War II
About the Expert:
Jonathan Judaken is an Associate Professor of modern European cultural and intellectual history. He was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. After completing his Ph.D. at the University of California, Irvine in 1997, he spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
His research focuses on the patterns that underpin prejudice and the underlying assumptions that animate tolerance. His first book, Jean-Paul Sartre and 'the Jewish Question': Anti-antisemitism and the Politics of the French Intellectual (University of Nebraska Press, "Texts and Contexts" series, 2006) examines the figure of 'the Jew' in Sartre's work. This is done to not only re-assess Sartre's oeuvre, but the role of the intellectual in France and the politics and ethics of existentialism. rnrnHe currently has two other projects in the works. The first is an edited collection entitled, Race After Sartre that delves into Sartre's influence on critical race theory and anti-racist politics. The second is a book, Theorizing Antisemitism, that will expand the understanding of anti-antisemitism through a comparative history of major theories of antisemitism.
Judaken also serves as the U.S. Consulting Editor for Patterns of Prejudice, and on the Advisory Board for H-Antisemitism.