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Alvin H. Rosenfeld, PhD

Alvin H. Rosenfeld, PhD
Founding Director, Indiana University Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism

Alvin H. Rosenfeld, Professor of English and Jewish Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, received his PhD from Brown University in 1967 and has taught at Indiana University since 1968. He holds the Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies and is Director of the university’s Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism. He founded Indiana University's well-regarded Borns Jewish Studies Program and served as its director for 30 years.

The editor of William Blake: Essays (1969) and the Collected Poetry of John Wheelwright (1972), he is also the author of numerous scholarly and critical articles on American poetry, Jewish writers, and the literature of the Holocaust.  Indiana University Press published his Confronting the Holocaust: The Impact of Elie Wiesel (co-edited with Irving Greenberg) in 1979 and, in 1980, published his A Double Dying: Reflections on Holocaust Literature (the book has since appeared in German, Polish, and Hungarian translations).  With his wife, Erna Rosenfeld, he translated Gunther Schwarberg's The Murders at Bullenhuser Damm, a book on Nazi medical atrocities published by the Indiana University Press in 1984.  His Imagining Hitler was published by Indiana University Press in 1985 (available also in a Japanese translation).  He edited Thinking About the Holocaust: After Half a Century (Indiana University Press, 1997), a collection of articles by 13 scholars, which includes his essay, “The Americanization of the Holocaust.”  His The Writer Uprooted: Contemporary Jewish Exile Literature appeared with Indiana University Press in 2009. His most recent study, The End of the Holocaust, was published in April 2011. In recent years, he has also been writing about contemporary antisemitism, and some of his articles on this subject have evoked intense debate. Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives, an edited volume, will appear in 2012. He is also editor of a series of books on Jewish Literature and Culture published by Indiana University Press.

Professor Rosenfeld has served as an editorial board member of various scholarly journals, including Holocaust and Genocide Studies, as well as a board member and scholarly consultant to various Jewish institutions and organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, the Lilly Endowment, the Wexner Heritage Foundation, and the Koret Foundation. He held a 5-year Presidential appointment on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council (2002-2007) and presently serves on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Executive Committee. He is Chair of the Academic Committee of the Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.

Professor Rosenfeld is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the recipient of fellowship grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Foundation of Jewish Culture, and the National Endowment of the Humanities.  He was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa, by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in May 2007.  He has lectured widely in America, Europe, and Israel.

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