Name of Speaker:
Dr. Pamela S. Nadell holds the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women's and Gender History and is Chair of the Department of History and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at American University (AU). A specialist in American Jewish history and women's history, she teaches a variety of courses in Jewish civilization. Her awards include AU's highest faculty award, Scholar/Teacher of the Year (2007) and the American Jewish Historical Society's Lee Max Friedman Award for distinguished service to the profession. Her books range from Women Who Would Be Rabbis: A History of Women's Ordination, 1889-1985 (Beacon Press, 1998), which was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award to a co-edited volume entitled Making Women's Histories: Beyond National Perspectives (New York University Press, 2013). Past chair of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society, she was deeply involved in the activities commemorating 350 years of Jewish life in America. She is currently president of the Association for Jewish Studies.