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David Jan Sorkin

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).

Background

  • Sorkin, David Jan was born on September 22, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Sidney and Shirley (Levy) Sorkin.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Wisconsin, 1975. Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy, University California, Berkeley, 1983.

    Career

    • 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.

    Works

    • 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.

    Membership

    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).

    Connections

    • Married Shifra Faye Sharlin, December 19, 1976. Children: Phoebe, Gideon, Isaac, Naomi.
    • father: Sidney Sorkin
    • mother: Shirley (Levy) Sorkin
    • spouse: Shifra Faye Sharlin
    • children: Phoebe Sorkin
    • Gideon Sorkin
    • Isaac Sorkin
    • Naomi Sorkin
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    Born September 22, 1953
    (age 64)
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