Modernity and the Jews in Western Social Thought (University of Chicago Press, 2017)
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, prominent European and American social thinkers emphasized different features of modern society and disagreed about whether Jews were synonymous with or antithetical to those features, but they turned repeatedly to the Jews as a touchstone for defining modernity and national identity in a context of rapid social change. This history extends into the present with the Jews—and now the Jewish state—continuing to serve as an intermediary for self-reflection in the twenty-first century. Read an excerpt from the book in Public Seminar (June 19, 2017).
Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen’s Bureau to Workfare (University of Chicago Press, 2007; published April 2008)
- Outstanding Book Award, Theory Division, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2010
- Honorable Mention, Barrington Moore Book Award, Comparative and Historical Sociology Section, American Sociological Association, 2010
- Subject of author-meets-critics panel at the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, Miami, FL, 2008
- Reviewed in American Historical Review, Contemporary Sociology, Journal of American Ethnic History, Journal of American History, Journal of American Studies, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, Political Science Quarterly, and Social Forces
“Robert Park’s Marginal Man: The Career of a Concept in American Sociology,” in The Anthem Companion to Robert Park, ed. Peter Kivisto (New York: Anthem Press, 2017). Originally published in Laboratorium 4, no. 2 (2012): 199–217.
“The Jewish Question and the Civil Sphere,” in Solidarity, Justice, and Incorporation: Thinking through The Civil Sphere, ed. Peter Kivisto and Giuseppe Sciortino (Oxford University Press, 2015), 119–141.
“Durkheim’s Sociology and French Antisemitism” in Antisemitism and the Constitution of Sociology, ed. Marcel Stoetzler (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), 45-65.
“T. H. Marshall Meets Pierre Bourdieu: Citizens and Paupers in the Development of the U.S. Welfare State,” in Bourdieu and Historical Analysis, ed. Philip S. Gorski (Duke University Press, 2013), 215–241. Originally published in Political Power and Social Theory 19 (2008): 83–116.
“Haunted by the Specter of Communism: Collective Identity and Resource Mobilization in the Demise of the Workers Alliance of America,” in After Bourdieu: Influence, Critique, Elaboration, ed. David L. Swartz and Vera L. Zolberg (Springer, 2004), 267–315. Originally published in Theory and Society 32, no. 5/6 (Dec. 2003): 725–773.
PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES
“The Two Marxes: From Jewish Domination to Supersession of the Jews,” Journal of Classical Sociology 15, no. 4 (Nov. 2015): 415–434.
“Struggle and Solidarity: Civic Republican Elements in Pierre Bourdieu’s Political Sociology,” Theory and Society 42, no. 4 (Jul. 2013): 369–394.
“The Jews, the Revolution, and the Old Regime in French Anti-Semitism and Durkheim’s Sociology,” Sociological Theory 29, no. 4 (Dec. 2011): 248–271.
Introduction to and translation of Émile Durkheim’s “Antisémitisme et crise sociale,” Sociological Theory 26, no. 4 (Dec. 2008): 299–323 (lead article). Co-winner of the Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award, History of Sociology Section, American Sociological Association, 2009.
“T. H. Marshall Meets Pierre Bourdieu: Citizens and Paupers in the Development of the U.S. Welfare State,” Political Power and Social Theory 19 (2008): 83–116.
“Pragmatism, Bourdieu, and Collective Emotions in Contentious Politics,” co-authored with Mustafa Emirbayer, Theory and Society 34, no. 5/6 (Dec. 2005): 469–518 (lead article).
“Contesting the Status of Relief Workers during the New Deal: The Workers Alliance of America and the Works Progress Administration, 1935-1941,” Social Science History 29, no. 3 (Oct. 2005): 337–371.
“Haunted by the Specter of Communism: Collective Identity and Resource Mobilization in the Demise of the Workers Alliance of America,” Theory and Society 32, no. 5/6 (Dec. 2003): 725–773. Reprinted in Social and Political Movements, vol. 3, ed. Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh (Sage, 2011), 163–204.
“Welfare Recipients or Workers? Contesting the Workfare State in New York City,” Sociological Theory 19, no. 2 (Jul. 2001): 187–218.
“Social Citizenship and a Reconstructed Tocqueville,” American Sociological Review 66, no. 2 (Apr. 2001): 289–315.
For additional publications, see curriculum vitae.