David Jan Sorkin, American researcher. Recipient Tense/Joel H. Cavior award, 1988, National Jewish Book award, 2003, Dorothy & Hsin-Nung Yao Teaching award, 2010. Member American History Association, Association for Jewish Studies, Leo Baeck Institute (executive board since 1987, executive committee since 1989), American Academy Jewish Research, Jewish Society and Culture (general editor).
- Assistant professor Brown University, Providence, 1983-1986. Fellow Oxford (England) University, 1986—1992. Professor history University Wisconsin, Madison, since 1992, Frances and Laurence Weinstein professor Jewish Studies, since 1992, professor history, since 1992.
- The Transformation of German Jewry, 1780-1840 (Studies in Jewish History)
- The transformation of German Jewry from 1780 to 1840 exemplified a twofold revolution: on one level, the end of the feudal status of Jews as an autonomous community forced them to face a protracted process of political emancipation, a far-reaching social metamorphosis, and growing racial anti-Semitism; yet, on another level, their encounter with the surrounding culture resulted in their own intense cultural productivity.
- The Religious Enlightenment: Protestants, Jews, and Catholics from London to Vienna (Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World)
- In intellectual and political culture today, the Enlightenment is routinely celebrated as the starting point of modernity and secular rationalism, or demonized as the source of a godless liberalism in conflict with religious faith.
- Berlin Haskalah and German Religious Thought: Orphans of Knowledge (Parkes-Wiener Series)
- 189 pages.