Jewish history, Reconstruction, US, Western Europe
Jacob Morrow-Spitzer is a second-year PhD student studying 19th and early 20th century Jewish history. His research interests include the intersections of Jewish life, politics, race, and African-American history. In 2019 he published an article entitled “‘Free From Proscription and Prejudice’: Politics and Race in the Election of One Jewish Mayor in Late Reconstruction Louisiana,” which examines local Jewish political representation in the Reconstruction era South and specifically questions the Jewish relationship to civil rights and broader power structures in the post-Civil War American South. The article can be found in Southern Jewish History 22 (October 2019). He is currently working on a project that studies the shifting African-American perceptions of Jews in the American South through biblical and contemporary understandings of Judaism and race.
Before coming to Yale, Jacob received a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University with departmental honors in both History and Jewish Studies and a minor in math, and received the Montgomery History Prize, the S. Walter Stern Memorial Medal, and the Dr. Bernard Kaufman Award from the History, Political Science and Jewish Studies departments, respectively. As an undergraduate, he also spent time studying at the Institute of Economic and Political Studies at Cambridge University and the Truman Research Institute at Hebrew University as part of the Mandel-Palagye Program for Middle East Peace. He has worked in public history as an historical consultant for an Opportunity Zone redevelopment project in Portland, Maine, and on public-facing projects for the Institute for Southern Jewish Life in Jackson, Mississippi, the Maine Historical Society, and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in New Orleans.
Please feel free to reach out to Jacob with questions about Jewish history, the department intramural softball team, or any other relevant topic.