Leonard Dinnerstein

About Leonard Dinnerstein

We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of our colleague, Leonard Dinnerstein, on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. 



University of Arizona

  • 1970-2004 Professor of History
  • 1993-2000 Director, Judaic Studies

University of Colorado Summer, 1985
Visiting Professor New York University 1969-70; Summers: 1982, 1986
Columbia University Summers: 1969, 1972, 1974, 1981, 1987, 1989
Fairleigh Dickinson University 1967-1970 Assistant Professor


City College of New York 1951-1955 B.S.S., 1955
Columbia University 1958-1966 M.A.,1960; Ph.D, 1966


1. Books

a. Author

  • Antisemitism in America . New York : Oxford University Press, 1994; paperback, 1996. Winner: National Jewish Book Award, History, 1994.
  • Uneasy at Home: Antisemitism and the American Jewish Experience . Columbia University Press, 1987 (a collection of my own previously published essays).
  • America and the Survivors of the Holocaust . Columbia University Press, 1982; paperback, 1986.
  • Natives and Strangers: Ethnic Groups and the Building of Modern America . Coauthored with Roger L. Nichols and David M. Reimers. Oxford University Press, 1979; 2nd edition, 1990; 3rd edition, 1996; 4 th edition, 2003.
  • Ethnic Americans: A History of Immigration and Assimilation . Coauthored with David M. Reimers. Dodd, Mead, 1975. 2nd edition, Harper & Row, 1982; 3rd edition, 1988; 4 th edition, Columbia University Press, 1999.
  • The Leo Frank Case . Columbia University Press, 1968; paperback, University of Georgia Press , 1987. Notable Trials Library edition, 1991. Co-Winner: Saturday Review's Anisfield-Wolf Award, 1969.

b. Editor

  • America Since World War II: Historical Interpretations . Coedited with Jean Christie. Praeger, 1976.
  • Decisions and Revisions: Interpretations of 20th Century American History . Coedited with Jean Christie. Praeger, 1975.
  • Jews in the South . Co-edited with Mary Dale Palsson. Louisiana State University Press, 1973.
  • Antisemitism in the United States . Holt, Reinhart & Winston, 1971.
  • American Vistas . Co-edited with Kenneth T. Jackson. Oxford University Press 1971. 2nd edition, 1975. 3rd edition, 1979. 4th edition, 1983. 5th edition, 1987; 6th edition, l99l; 7th edition, 1995.
  • The Aliens: A History of Ethnic Minorities in America . Co-edited with Fred Jaher. Appleton , Century, Crofts, 1970. 2nd edition published by Oxford University Press, 1977, under the title, Uncertain Americans .

Book Chapters

  • “A History of American Antisemitism,” in Michael W. Grunberger, ed., From Haven to Home: 350
  • Years of Jewish Life in America ,” Library of Congress, 2004, pp. 163-177.
  • “The Leo Frank Murder Case," in True Stories From The American Past , edited by William Graebner. New York : McGraw-Hill Companies, 2nd edition, 1997; 3 rd edition, 2003.
  • “The Democratic Party, 1993-2001,” in Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., History of U.S. Political Parties, 1972-2001” The Politics of Consensus ( Philadelphia : Chelsea House, 2002), pp. 4297-4322.
  • “Britische und amerikanische DP-Politic,” in Fritz Bauer Institut, Uberlebt und unterwegs: Judische Displaced Persons im Nachkriegsdeutschland , Jahrbuch 1997 zur Geschichte und Wirkung des Holocaust. Frankfurt : Campus Verlag, 1997.
  • "Introduction," Liberation . Washington : United States Holocaust Museum , 1996, pp. 11-22.
  • “Who Were the Displaced Persons,” in Michael D'Innocenzo and Josef P. Sirefman, eds., Immigration and Ethnicity . Westport , CT : Greenwood Press, 1992.
  • “Antisemitism in Crisis Times in the United States : The 1920s and 1930s,” in Sander L. Gilman and Steven Katz, editors, Anti-Semitism In Times of Crisis . New York : New York University Press, 1991.
  • “From Desert Oasis to the Desert Caucus: The Jews of Tucson ,” in Moses Rischin and John Livingston, eds., Jews of the American West . Detroit : Wayne State University Press, 1991.
  • “The United States and the Displaced Persons,” in SHE'ERIT HAPLETAH , 1944-1948 : Rehabilitation and Political Struggle. Proceedings of the Sixth Yad Vashem International Historical Conference, Jerusalem , October, 1985. Edited by Yisrael Gutman and Avital Saf. Jerusalem : Yad Vashem, 1990.
  • “Franklin D. Roosevelt, American Jewry, and the New Deal,” in Wilbur J. Cohen, ed., The Roosevelt New Deal: A Program Assessment Fifty Years After . Austin , TX : Lyndon Baines Johnson Policy School of Public Affairs, 1986.
  • “Harry S. Truman and the Displaced Persons (1945-1949),” in William F. Levantrosser, ed., Harry S. Truman: The Man From Independence . Westport , CT : Greenwood Press, 1986.
  • “American Jewish Organizational Efforts to Combat Antisemitism in the United States Since 1945,” in Michael Curtis, editor, Antisemitism in the Contemporary World . Boulder , Colorado : Westview Press, 1986.
  • “The Funeral of Rabbi Jacob Joseph,” in David A. Gerber, ed., Anti-Semitism in American History , Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1986.
  • “Ethnic Movements,” in Jack P. Greene, ed., Encyclopedia of American Political History: Studies of the Principal Movements and Ideas . 3 volumes. New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 1984.
  • “Education and the Advancement of American Jews,” in Bernard J. Weiss, ed., American Education and the European Immigrant: 1840-1940 . Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1982.
  • “German Attitudes Toward the Jewish Displaced Persons (1945-50),” in Hans L. Trefousse, editor, Germany and America: Essays on Problems of International Relations and Immigration . New York : Brooklyn College Press, 1980.
  • “The East European Jewish Migration to the United States ,” in Leonard Dinnerstein and Frederic Cople Jaher, editors, Uncertain Americans . New York : Oxford University Press, 1977.
  • “The Gilded Age,” with George Lankevich, in The Study of American History . 2 volumes. Dushkin Publishing Group, 1973.
  • “The Progressive and States Rights Parties of 1948,” in A. M. Schlesinger, ed., History of United States Political Parties . 4 volumes. New York : Chelsea House, 1973.
  • “The Election of 1880,” in A. M. Schlesinger, ed., History of American Presidential Elections . 4 volumes. New York : Chelsea House and McGraw-Hill, 1971; revised and republished in Arthur M. Schlesinger, ed. Running for President . 2 volumes. New York : Simon and Schuster, 1994.
  • “Joseph Rucker Lamar,” in Leon Friedman and Fred L. Israel, eds., The Justices of the United States Supreme Court, 1789-1969: Their Lives and Major Decisions . 4 volumes. New York : Chelsea House and R. R. Bowker Co., 1969.
  • “ Atlanta in the Progressive Era: A Dreyfuss Affair in Georgia ,” in F. C. Jaher, ed., The Age of Industrialism in America . New York : The Free Press, 1968.


  • “John Higham and Immigration History,” coauthored with David M. Reimers. Journal of American Ethnic History , 24 (Fall, 2004), 3-25.
  • “Is There a New Anti-Semitism in the United States ?" Society , 41 (January/February 2004), 53-58.
  • “Immigration After World War II, 1945-48,” co-authored with David M. Reimers, Insights on Law and Society , Spring, 2001, pp. 7-9.
  • “Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona ,” transversal. Zeitschrift des David-Herzong-Centrums fur Judische Studien, January, 2001.
  • “The Presidents and the Jews,” Reform Judaism , November, 2000.
  • "Jews in the 'Old Southwest,'" Journal of the West , 38 (January, 1999),
  • Winner of best “About the West” essay in journal in 1999.
  • "The Fate of Leo Frank," American Heritage , October, 1996, pp. 98-109.
  • "Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Jews: Another Look," Dimensions , 10(1), (1996), 3-8.
  • "Our Fellow Americans: The Place of Immigration in the United States History Survey," Perspectives (AHA Newsletter), 33 (January 1995), 3-6.
  • “Antisemitism in the 1990s: A Symposium,” Patterns of Prejudice , 25 (Winter, 1991), 20-22.
  • “When Henry Ford Apologized to the Jews,” Moment , 15 (February, 1990), 20-27, 54-55.
  • “Antisemitism in the United States Today,” Patterns of Prejudice , 22 (Autumn, 1988), 3-14.
  • “Strangers in the Land: Then and Now,” American Jewish History , 76 (December, 1986), 107-116. Coauthored with David Reimers.
  • “The Origins of Black Antisemitism,” American Jewish Archives , 38 (November, 1986), 113-122.
  • “The Supreme Court and the Rights of Aliens,” This Constitution , #8 (Fall, 1985), pp. 25-35.
  • “The Historiography of American Antisemitism,” Immigration History Newsletter , XVI (November, 1984), 2-7; revised, expanded and reprinted in Uneasy At Home , l987; revised, expanded and reprinted again in Michael Brown, ed., Approaches to Antisemitism (New York: The American Jewish Committee, 1994), pp. 318-328.
  • “Immigration,” Humanities (NEH publication), 4 (August, 1983), 12-13, 27.
  • “Jews and the New Deal,” American Jewish History , 72 (June, 1983), 461-476.
  • “Editing a Reader,” The History Teacher , 16 (February, 1983), 209-217.
  • “Anti-Semitism Exposed and Attacked, 1945-1950,” American Jewish History , 71 (September, 1981), 134-149.
  • “ America , Britain , and Palestine : The Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry and the Displaced Persons, 1945-1946,” Diplomatic History , 4 (Summer, 1980), 283-302.
  • “The United States Army and the Jews: Policies Toward the Displaced Persons After World War II,” American Jewish History , 68 (March, 1979), 353-366.
  • “Anti-Semitism in the 80th Congress: the Displaced Persons Act of 1948,” Capitol Studies [now Congress and the Presidency ], VI (Fall, 1978), 11-26. Reprinted in Joel H. Silbey, ed., The Congress of the United States , 1789-1989. 3 volumes. Brooklyn , New York : Carlson Publishing, Inc., 1991, III, 693-708.
  • “Jews and the Desegregation Crisis in the South,” American Jewish Historical Quarterly , LXII (March, 1973), 231-241.
  • “A Neglected Aspect of Southern Jewish History,” American Jewish Historical Quarterly , lXI (September, 1971), 52-68.
  • “A Note on Southern Attitudes Toward Jews,” Jewish Social Studies , XXXII (January, 1970), 43-49.
  • “Leo M. Frank and the American Jewish Community,” American Jewish Archives , XX (November, 1968), 107-126. Reprinted in Maurianne Adams and John Bracey, eds., Strangers & Neighbors: Relations between Blacks & Jews in the United States . Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, 1999, pp. 271-282.
  • “The Senate's Rejection of Aubrey Williams as Rural Electrification Administrator,” The Alabama Review , XXI (April, 1968), 133-43. Reprinted in Sarah Wiggins, ed., From Civil War to Civil Rights: Alabama , 1860-1960 (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1987).
  • “The Accession of John Tyler to the Presidency,” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography , 70 (October, 1962), 447-58.
  • “The Impact of Tammany Hall on State and National Politics in the 1880s,” New York History , XlII (July, 1961), 237-52.

4. Book Reviews in the following publications:

AJS , American Historical Review , American Jewish Historical Quarterly , American Jewish History , American Journal of Education , American Journal of Sociology , Arizona and the West , Business History Review , Colorado Heritage , Congress Monthly , Congressional Studies , Diplomatic History , East Central Europe , Florida Historical Quarterly , Georgia Historical Quarterly , Hispanic American Historical Review , The Historian , History: Review of New Books , History of Education Quarterly , Immigrants and Minorities , International Migration Review , Jewish Social Studies , Journal of American Ethnic History , Journal of American History , Journal of Ethnic Studies , Journal of Social History, Journal of Southwest Georgia History , Journal of Southern History , Journal of the Early Republic , Journal of the West , Journal of Social History , Labor History , Midstream , Mississippi Quarterly , Montana , Near East Journal , New Jersey History , New York History , Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography , The Philadelphia Inquirer , The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Religious Studies Review , Reviews in American History , Shofar , Simon Wiesenthal Center Annual , Southwestern Historical Quarterly , Western Historical Quarterly .


  • “Is There a New Antisemitism in the United States ?” Conference on 350th Anniversary of American Jewish History? Tutzig , Germany , May 24, 2005.
  • “How America Has Been Different for Jews,” at conference on “Why is America Different?” Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies, Boston University , October 27, 2004.
  • "FDR and the Jews During World War II," conference sponsored by Judaic and Holocaust Studies, FDR AND THE HOLOCAUST, Youngstown State University , April 15, 2004.
  • ‘Leo Frank: Was Jewishness a Factor in His Demise?” session on “Religion and Violence in ‘New South' Georgia ,” Southern Historical Association, 69 th Annual Meeting, Houston , Texas , November 7, 2003.
  • Participant in Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Holocaust for Jewish Studies Scholars, Washington , D.C. : U. S. Holocaust Museum , August 25-28,2003.
  • “Antisemitism in the South: Real and Perceived,” Organization of American Historians, Memphis , April, 2003.
  • “The United States : Is there a New Antisemitism?” at conference on “ ANTISEMITISM: The Politicization of Prejudice in the Contemporary World,” University of Toronto , Munk Centre, February 10-11,2003.
  • “Primary Issues Facing Jewish Americans,” President and Provost's Diversity Lecture Series, Ohio State
  • University, May 15, 2002.
  • “ America and the Survivors of the Holocaust,” at program on “Life Reborn,” Houston Holocaust Museum , Houston , Texas , April 8, 2002.
  • Panelist for symposium on “A Journey in Common: The Immigrant, The Theatre and The Community,”
  • Denver Center for Performing Arts, Denver, CO., February 10-11, 2002.
  • “ America and the Survivors of the Holocaust,” Florida Atlantic University , December 2, 2001.
  • Chair for session, “Creating American Jewish Identity,” Midwest Jewish Studies Association Meeting,
  • Chicago , October 28, 2001.
  • Moderator for session, “Racial Science, Radical Theology, And Raunchy Pop Culture: Cultural
  • Constructions of Jews and Race in Germany , 1870-1945,” German Studies Conference, Washington , D. C., October 5, 2001.
  • Jews and Other Americans in the Interwar Period (1919-1941).” Workshop Session, Trading Cultures, Nordic Association of American Studies Conference, Copenhagen , August 8-11, 2001.
  • “German and East European Jews: The Complexities of a Relationship, 1890-1948,” Distinguished Humanist Lecture, Melton Center for Jewish Studies, Ohio State University , May 20, 2001.
  • Commentator for session, "American Jewish-Christian Relations in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries," American Historical Association, Boston , January 7, 2001.
  • "Antisemitism in America ." In Twelfth Annual Resnick Lecture Series, Program for Jewish Studies, SUNY-New Paltz, October 4, 2000.
  • " America and the Survivors of the Holocaust." The Baumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Lecture. University of Minnesota , Duluth . April 17, 2000.
  • Chair and Commentator for "Liberation and Interracial Coalition," Organization of American Historians meeting, St. Louis , March 30, 2000.
  • "Antisemitism in America , 1942-1945," at University of Michigan 's Annual Conference on the Holocaust, March 23, 2000.
  • "American Responses to the Holocaust, 1942-1945," California State University Long Beach , March 21, 2000.
  • “Allied Policies Toward the Displaced Persons: the United States ,” at LIFE REBORN: Jewish Displaced Persons, 1945-1951. Conference sponsored by United States Holocaust Memorial Museum , Washington , D,C., January 14-17, 2000.
  • “Making it in America : German Jewish Immigrants and Russian Jewish Immigrants in the Twentieth Century.” Third Stein Lecture, Emory University , October 26, 1999.
  • “The Decline of American Antisemitism Since 1945,” for conference on “Dynamics of Antisemitism in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century”, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, June 13-16, 1999.
  • “American Jews in Palestine , 1939-1948,” for conference on “New Records – New Perspectives: World War II, the Holocaust, the Middle East and the Rise of the State of Israel,” December 15, 1998, Tel Aviv , Israel .
  • Chair and Discussant for session on “Causes and Consequences of Immigration-Related Policies,” Annual meeting of Social Science History Association, Chicago , November 22, 1998
  • “Jew as ‘Other'” in session on “Jews in America ,” for conference on “Jews Around the World: Cultural Intersections,” Arizona State University Department of Religious Studies, Tempe , Arizona , November 16, 1998.
  • Panel discussant for “Leo Frank: The Case That Will Not Die,” Southern Jewish Historical Society Meeting, Nashville , Tennessee , November 14, 1998.
  • “The Jews: A Minority or Not a Minority,” Purdue University Jewish Studies Program, October 8, 1998; repeated at Temple Emeth, Teaneck, New Jersey, November 1, 1998.
  • Chair for session on “The Foundations of West Coast Jewry,” at American Historical Association – Pacific Coast Branch, “ San Diego , August 9, 1998.
  • Chair and commentator for “Post-War Jewish Identities,” Third Scholars' Conference on American Jewish History, June 10-12, 1998, Cincinnati .
  • “The Jew as Other,” in panel on “Jews and Muslims as the ‘Other'” in A Symposium Presented by the Henry R. Luce Forum in Abrahamic Religions entitled “Jews and Muslims in American Society,” University of Hartford and Hartford Seminry, November 10, 1997.
  • Chair of Book Session on ‘Ewa Morawska: Insecure Prosperity ,” Social Science History Association, Washington , D.C. , October 17, 1997.
  • “Jews in the American Southwest,” 12 th World Jewish Studies Conference, Jerusalem , August 3, 1997.
  • Chair for session, "Jews in the Slave Trade," Western Jewish Studies Association Conference, Tucson , AZ , April, 1997.
  • Panelist and Moderator for session on "Nazi Medical Ethics," at Conference on The Ethics of Health Care and Healing, University of Arizona, April 3, 1997.
  • "Jews in the United States during World War II," at conference on Ethnic Groups in the United States during World War II, New York University, March 9-10, 1997.
  • Chair and commentator for session, "American Jews and Political Conservatism," American Historical Association meeting, New York City , January, 1997.
  • "American Jews and the Challenge to Racial Intolerance in the United States " at Presidential Forum on Turning Points in History, "Nazism, the Holocaust and the Genesis of the Modern Civil Rights Movement, Mississippi State University November 12-14, 1996.
  • Chair, "Economics," Midwest Jewish Studies Association, Chicago , October, 1996.
  • "Jews in the American Southwest," at conference on Jewries At The Frontier , University of Cape Town , August 13, 1996.
  • Chair and Commentator for session on "Jews and Blacks - Mutual Images," Second Scholars Conference on American Jewish History, New York City , June, 1996.
  • Chair, for session on "Philanthropy In America," Western Jewish Studies Association Conference, Denver , April 28, 1996.
  • "Displaced Persons and Anglo-American and Palestinian Politics," at conference on Uberlebt und Unterwegs , Munich , July 19-21, 1995.
  • Commentator for session on "Memory and Politics: the United States and Central Europe," Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations meeting, Annapolis , June 23, 1995.
  • "Antisemitism in America Today." Commencement speech at Baltimore Hebrew University , May 18, 1995.
  • " America and the Survivors of the Holocaust." Robert Siegel Memorial Lecture, Western Jewish Studies Conference, San Diego , April 3, 1995.
  • "Antisemitism in the South," South Carolina Jewish Historical Society, Charleston , March 19, 1995.
  • "Antisemitism in America ." The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT., November 2, 1994; repeated at Tucson Jewish Federation DISCOVERY series, January 30, 1995; Phoenix's JEWISH PASSAGES XVIII, February 26, 1995.
  • "A Perspective on the State of Antisemitism in America Today," National Commission Meeting of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, New York City , June 10, 1994.
  • "Leo Frank -- Again?" Banquet speaker at Immigration History Society Dinner, Atlanta , April, 1994.
  • "Black Antisemitism," at Remembering for the Future II Conference , Berlin , Germany , March, 1994.
  • " America and the Survivors of the Holocaust," U.S. Holocaust Museum , Washington , D.C., February 3, 1994.
  • Chair for session on "Anti-Semitism and the Fight Against It In America," Association for Jewish Studies meeting, Boston , December,1993.
  • Commentator for session on “Holocaust Survivors and the Untied States : A Comparative Analysis,” American Historical Association, Washington , D.C. , December 30, 1992.
  • Commentator for session, “Beyond Black and White: Jews and Asians in the South,” Southern Historical Association, Atlanta , November 6, 1992.
  • Commentator for session, “Cultural Ideology and Recent American Foreign Relations,” Duquesne Forum, Pittsburgh , October 24, 1992.
  • “Antisemitism in the United States Since the New Deal,” Humanities Lecture Series, University of Fairfield , Fairfield CT , March 4, 1992.
  • “Anti-Semitism in the United States During the Depression” for a session on “American Jews and the Great Depression,” Association for Jewish Studies Annual Meeting, Boston , December, 1991.
  • “The State of Antisemitism in America ,” at ADL International Conference on Antisemitism, Montreal , November 3, 1991.
  • Chair and Commentator for session on “Groups, Identity, and Power in Germany , 1941-1945,” Duquesne History Forum, Pittsburgh , October, 1991.
  • Chair and commentator for session on “Immigrants and Modern America,” Mid-America Conference on History, Springfield , Missouri , September, 1991.
  • Chair and commentator for session on “Right to Left: Barry Goldwater, Frank Church and the Politics of the Cold-War Era,” American Historical Association -- Pacific Coast Branch, Hawaii , August 18, 1991.
  • Chair for session on “Registering Aliens and Civilians in World War II,” American Historical Association - - Pacific Coast Branch, Hawaii , August 17, 1991.
  • “The Study of Antisemitism in American History,” for workshop on University Teaching of Antisemitism in the Contemporary Context. International Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization, Jerusalem , July, 1991.
  • “Racism and Antisemitism in American History,” concluding lecture in series on “Racism, Genocide, and the Holocaust,” University of California , La Jolla , June 5, 1991.
  • “The Fedorenko Case,” at a session on “American Justice and Nazi Crimes,” American Historical Association, New York City , December, 1990.
  • “Anti-Semitism in America ,” Center for Jewish Studies, University of Florida , October 24, 1990.
  • “Anti-Semitism During World War II,” at a conference on National and Racial Minorities In Total War, University of Keele (England), September, 1990.
  • Chair and commentator for session on “Ethnic Mobility in the South,” Organization of American Historians Meeting, March, 1990, Washington , D.C.
  • “Anti-Semitism in Historical Perspective,” for session on “Anti-Semitism in America as We Enter the 1990s,” plenum session of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council, Phoenix , Arizona , February 20, 1990.
  • Commentator for session on “Mendicants, Menace and Spies: Hawaii 's Anti-Japanese Movement,” Organization of American Historians, St. Louis , April, 1989.
  • “Jews in Tucson ,” at session on “Ethnic Groups and the Rise of the Sunbelt,” Organization of American Historians, St. Louis , April, 1989.
  • “Christian-Jewish Relations in the United States, 1920s-1940s,” at a session on “American Christians and Jews,” American Historical Association, Cincinnati , December, 1988.
  • “ America and the Survivors,” at a symposium on “The Holocaust: A Retrospective 50 Years after Kristallnacht,” Arizona State University , November, 1988.
  • Banquet Speaker, “Leo Frank: The Case that Will Not Die,” Southern Jewish Historical Society Conference on “New Perspectives on Southern Jewish History,” Birmingham , Alabama , November, 1988.
  • “Antisemitism in the United States, 1920-1945,” at a conference entitled, “Remembering for the Future: The Impact of the Holocaust and Genocide on Jews and Christians,” Oxford University , Oxford , England , July 10-13, 1988.
  • Keynote Address on “The Morality of the American Response to the Holocaust, 1933-1950,” at 7th Annual Conference on the Holocaust, Millersville University, Millersville, Pennsylvania, April 17, 1988.
  • “Gentleman's Agreement and Anti-Semitism in America ,” at Minneapolis Jewish Community Center Book Festival, November 7, 1987.
  • Commentator, session on “The Dominant Culture and the Immigrant Minorities,” Duquesne History Forum, Pittsburgh , October 31, 1987.
  • “Whom Shall We Welcome? Refugees and Displaced Persons in the Holocaust Era,” at conference on “New Americans and Our Changing Constitution: Dream and Reality for Immigrants to America ,” William Paterson College , Wayne , N.J. , October 23, 1987.
  • “Who Were the Displaced Persons?” at Hofstra Conference, “Immigration and Ethnicity, American Society: `Melting Pot' or `Salad Bowl'?” Hofstra University , Hempstead , N.Y. , October 8, 1987.
  • “Jews in the South: A Different Heritage,” at conference entitled “South of Hester Street: Reflections on Three Centuries of Southern Jewry.” Sponsored by Duke Office of Continuing Education and the Durham County Library, September, 1987.
  • “The Allies and the Displaced Persons,” at Yeshiva University 's Conference on “The Survivors of Nazism and the Reconstruction of Jewish Communities in the Early Post War Years, 1945-1950,” New York City , November 2, 1986.
  • Panelist for discussion section on John Higham's STRANGERS IN THE LAND, Duquesne Forum, Pittsburgh , October 31, 1986.
  • “From Oasis in the Desert to the Desert Caucus: The Evolution of the Tucson Jewish Community,” Conference of Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society on “The Jewish Experience in America : A View From the West,” Denver , May, 1986.
  • “Jewish Immigrants to the United States, 1945-1952,” at a conference on “A Nation of Immigrants,” New York State Historical Society, New York City , May, 1986.
  • “The Origins of Black Antisemitism,” at a session on “Black Antisemitism,” Organization of American Historians, New York , April, 1986.
  • “Anti-Semitism in Times of Crisis in America ,” at conference on Anti-Semitism in Times of Crisis, Cornell University, April 8-10, 1986.
  • “Jews, the Supreme Court and Released Time,” at a session on “The Jews, The Courts, and Religion,” American Historical Association, New York , December, 1985.
  • “Jews and Blacks in the Civil Rights Era: The Jewish Perspective,” Conference on Black-Jewish Relations in the United States, Center for Applied Research and Urban Policy, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., November, 1985.
  • “Tom Watson and the Jews,” Southern Historical Association, Houston , November, 1985.
  • “The United States and the Displaced Persons,” at a conference on “The Image and Activities of the Surviving Remnant After World War II,” Yad Vashem , Israel , October, 1985.
  • “The Leo Frank Case,” Organization of American Historians, Minneapolis , April, 1985.
  • “The Funeral of Rabbi Jacob Joseph: Ethnic Conflict in Urban America ,” American Historical Association, Chicago , December, 1984.
  • Commentator for “American Jewish Response to 19th Century America ,” Duquesne Forum, Pittsburgh , November, 1984.
  • “American Jewish Efforts to Combat Antisemitism in the U. S. Since World War II,” at conference on Anti-Semitism in the Contemporary World, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., November, 1983.
  • “The Historical Background of the D. P. Experience,” for conference on “The D. P. Experience: Ukrainian Refugees After World War II,” sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and the Multicultural History Society of Ontario, St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, November, 1983.
  • Discussant for session on “ Pawns of Yalta by Mark Elliot,” Duquesne History Forum, Pittsburgh , Pa. , October, 1983.
  • “Jews and the New Deal,” a conference on The New Deal: Fifty Years After, LBJ Library, Austin , Texas , March 2, 1983.
  • “American Jews and the New Deal,” American Historical Association, Washington , D.C. , December, 1982.
  • “Antisemitism in the United States in the 1940s,” at the York University Conference, “Anti-Semitism: A Historical and Contemporary Perspective,” Toronto , November, 1982.
  • Commentator on “Emigration and Immigration,” Western History Association, Phoenix , October, 1982.
  • “Editing a Textbook: Problems of Content, Audience, and Publication,” Organization of American Historians, Philadelphia , April, 1982.
  • “The United States and the Displaced Persons, 1945-1948” American Historical Association, Los Angeles , December, 1981.
  • “American Antisemitism Exposed and Attacked, 1945-1950,” Duquesne History Forum, Pittsburgh , October, 1981.
  • “From the DP Camps to the USA , 1945-1952,” YIVO Institute Annual Conference, New York City , November, 1980.
  • “The Voluntary Agencies and the Displaced Persons, 1945-1952,” Duquesne History Forum, Pittsburgh , October, 1980.
  • “Nazism in the D. P. Camps: The Harrison Report,” Organization of American Historians, San Francisco , April, 1980.
  • “America and the Survivors of the Holocaust,” Southern Jewish Historical Association, Charleston, S.C., November, 1979; repeated at Columbia University American Studies Seminar, November, 1979; repeated at the Tauber Institute, Brandeis University, October, 1981; repeated at the University of Illinois, February, 1982; repeated at the Judaic Studies Program breakfast, Arizona State University, September, 1982; repeated at the Jack P. Eisener Institute for Holocaust Studies, CUNY Graduate Center, NYC, October, 1982; repeated at the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society, July, 1985; repeated at Suffolk County (New York) Community College, October, 1985.
  • “German Reactions to Jewish Displaced Persons, 1945-1950,” Carl Schurz Conference on German American Relations and Immigration, Brooklyn College , October, 1979.
  • “The Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry,” American Historical Association, San Francisco , December, 1978.
  • “Education and the Advancement of East European Jews,” Duquesne History Forum, Pittsburgh , October, 1978.
  • “Anti-Semitism in the 80th Congress: The Displaced Persons Act of 1948,” Duquesne History Forum, Pittsburgh , October, 1977.
  • Discussant for “Nativism in the 1930s: Gerald L. K. Smith as a Test Case,” at Southwestern Social Science Association, Dallas , Texas , April, 1977.
  • Commentator on “Native Blacks and Immigrants in the South, 1865-World War I,” Southern Historical Association, Washington , D.C. , November, 1975.
  • “The East European Jewish Migration to the United States , 1880-1924,” XIV International Congress of Historical Sciences, San Francisco , August, 1975.
  • Commentator on “Jewish Strategy for Minority Survival,” American Historical Association, Chicago , December, 1974.
  • Moderator for panel on “Americanization and the Immigrant Experience,” Duquesne History Forum, Pittsburgh , October, 1974.
  • “Jews and the Desegregation Crisis in the South, 1954-1970,” Southern Historical Association, Houston , Texas , 1971.
  • “Jews in the Antebellum South,” American Historical Association-Pacific Coast Branch Meeting, San Diego , August, 1969.
  • “Jews in the South,” Southern Baptist-Jewish Scholars Conference, Louisville , Kentucky , August, 1969.


  • Fulbright German Studies Seminar Participant, 2002: International Migration and National Identities
  • Distinguished Humanist Award from Ohio State University , May, 2001.
  • Member, Academic Council, American Jewish Historical Society, 1980-
  • Member, Executive Council, Immigration History Society, 1980-1983.
  • Judge, category of biography/autobiography, Kenneth B. Smilen Present Tense Literary Awards, 1984.
  • Chairman, Program Committee, Immigration History Society, 1980-1982.
  • Chair, Program Committee, American Historical Association— Pacific Coast Branch, 1998.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships: 1970 (Summer); 1977 (Summer); 1978 (Calendar Year); 1985 (Travel Grant); 1987 (Summer); 1989 (Travel Grant); 1991-1992 (academic year).
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Director, Summer Seminar for College Teachers: “Minorities in the Southwest,” University of Arizona , Summers, 1980, 1983.
  • Referee, Division of Fellowships, NEH, 1982, 1983, 1992, 1994.
  • Consultant , US Holocaust Museum , 1994.
  • University of Arizona : Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Professor, 1990
  • Research Grants from the Immigration History Research Center (1975), Harry S. Truman Library (1976), Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (1977), University of Arizona Foundation (1979), Herbert Hoover Library (1979), American Philosophical Society (1979, 1982), University of Arizona (1971, 1972, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989); American Jewish Archives (1992).
  • Scholar-in-Residence, Temple Beth-Israel, Phoenix , February 27, 1987-March 1,1987.
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Leonard Dinnerstein
Emeritus Professor of History
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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