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Prof. Jonathan Dekel-Chen

Dr. Jonathan Dekel-Chen
Department Head
Office: Rabin 6003, Wed. 8:30-10:00

Jonathan Dekel-Chen is a senior lecturer in modern history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

His work has been widely published at prestigious university presses and in scholarly journals. During the 2015-16 academic year he is was an Israel Institute Visiting Professor in the Department of History and the Institute for Israel & Jewish Studies at Columbia University. He is a member of Kibbutz Nir Oz, bordering on the Gaza Strip. In 2014 he co-founded the Bikurim Youth Village for the Performing Arts in Eshkol, which provides world-class artistic training for under-served high school students from throughout Israel.

His publications include Farming the Red Land: Jewish Agricultural Colonization and Local Power in Soviet Russia, 1924-41 (Yale University Press, 2005). Dr. Dekel-Chen co-edited (with David Gaunt, Natan Meir and Israel Bartal) Anti-Jewish Violence: Rethinking the Pogrom in East European History (Indiana University Press, 2010). In 2017 his co-edited volume, Ritual Murder Accusations in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Beyond: New Histories, will be published by Indiana University Press.

His current work focuses on Jewish transnational philanthropy and migration.

Selected Publications

Farming the Red Land: Jewish Agricultural Colonization and Local Soviet Power, 1923-1941. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.


Mahane meshutaf? Kooperatsiia b'hityashvut ha-yehudit ha-haklait be-Rusya u-beolam, 1890-1941. Jerusalem: Magnes Press & Yad Tebenkin Press, 2008.


Editor (with David Gaunt, Natan Meir, Israel Bartal), Anti-Jewish Violence: Rethinking the Pogrom in East European History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.


Editor (with Eugene Avrutin and Robert Weinberg), Ritual Murder Accusations in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Beyond: New Histories. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, forthcoming in 2017.


“Defusing the Ethnic Bomb: Resolving Local Conflict through Philanthropy in the Interwar USSR.” In: Anti-Jewish Violence: Rethinking the Pogrom in East European History. Edited by J. Dekel-Chen et al. eds., pp. 186-203. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.  


“Activism as Engine: Jewish Internationalism, 1880s-1980s.” In: Religious Internationals in the Modern World: Globalization and Faith Communities since 1750, pp. 269-291. Edited by Abigail Green and Vincent Viaene. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.


“Liberal Answers to the ‘Jewish Question’: Then and Now.” In: Church and Society in Modern Russia. Edited by Elise Wirtschafter and Manfred Hildermeier, pp. 133-156. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2015


“Philanthropy, Diplomacy and Jewish Internationalism.” In: The Cambridge History of Judaism, Volume VIII: The Modern Period, c. 1815 – c. 2000. Edited by Mitchell Hart and Tony Michels. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2016.


“Faith Meets Politics and Resources: Reassessing Modern Transnational Jewish Activism.” In: Purchasing Power: The Economics of Modern Jewish History. Edited by Rebecca Kobrin and Adam Teller, pp. 216-237. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.


“Jewish Threads in the Fabric of International History.” In: International History in Theory and Practice. Edited by Barbara Haider-Wilson, William Godsey, Wolfgang Mueller. Vienna: Verlag der Osterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, forthcoming in 2017.


“Reflections through a Soviet Window: Rural Governance and Colonization,” International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity, special issue, “Internal Colonization in the Age of Modern Territoriality,” 3, no. 2 (2015): 181-199.


“Rethinking Boundaries in the Jewish Diaspora from the FSU.” In: The New Jewish Diaspora: Russian-Speaking Immigrants in the United States, Israel and Germany. Edited by Zvi Gitelman, pp. 77-88. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2016.


“East European Jewish Migration: Inside and Outside,” East European Jewish Affairs 44, no. 3 (December 2014): 154-170.


“Crimea 2008: A Lesson about Uses and Misuses of History,” East European Jewish Affairs 39, no. 1 (April 2009): 101-105.


“An Unlikely Triangle: Philanthropists, Commissars, and American Statesmanship Meet in Soviet Crimea, 1922-37.” Diplomatic History 27, no. 3 (2003): 353-376.


“Farmers, Philanthropists, and Soviet Authority: Rural Crimea and Southern Ukraine, 1923-1941.” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 4, no. 4 (Fall 2003): 849-885.


 “‘New’ Jews of the Agricultural Kind: A Case of Soviet Interwar Propaganda,” Russian Review 66 (July 2007): 424-50.


“JCA-ORT-JAS-JDC: One Big Agrarianizing Family,” Jewish History 21, no. 3-4 (December 2007): 263-78.