Professor Nathaniel Deutsch’s book The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement (Harvard University Press, 2011), has received the 2013 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in the category of Social Science, Anthropology, and Folklore. The book offers the first complete translation of a little known but invaluable ethnographic questionnaire–and the story of an ambitious attempt to document a culture during an extraordinarily volatile time in world history. Learn more about this extraordinary work here.
Nathaniel Deutsch is a Professor of History, Co-Director of the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Director of the Institute for Humanities Research. He is a specialist in Judaism, Gnosticism, and early Christianity. Deutsch was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006 to support his research on the Jewish ethnographer S. Ansky.
The Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards are given by the Association for Jewish Studies. These awards recognize and promote outstanding scholarship in the field of Jewish Studies and honor scholars whose work embodies the best in the field.