Professor of History
204 Hubbard Hall
Professor Tananbaum teaches courses in British, Jewish, and European history. She teaches the British surveys, a course on Sports and Culture, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and Europe since 1939. Her research specialities include immigrant acculturation, philanthropy, and child care in the Victorian era.
"Jewish Women, Philanthropy, and Modernization: The changing roles of Jewish women in modern Europe, 1850-1939," Proceedings: Ninth symposium, The Committee for the History and Culture of the Jews in the Netherlands (forthcoming).
"Ironing out the Ghetto Bend: Sports, Character and Acculturation among Jewish Immigrants in Britain," Journal of Sport History 31 n. 1 (2004), (forthcoming).
"British Jewish Women," Jewish Women: a comprehensive historical encyclopedia (Jerusalem: Shalvi Publishing Ltd., forthcoming).
"Training Future Generations: Girls, Clubs, and Sport among American and British Jews," The Cultural Shuttle: The United States in/of Europe eds. Veronique Béghain and Marc Chénetier (Amsterdam, VU University Press, 2004), 257-273.
"Helen Lucas," "Alice Model," "Baroness Charlotte de Rothschild," "Louisa de Rothschild," in New Dictionary of National Biography Colin Matthew, ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 2004.
Forging Modern Jewish Identities: Public Faces and Private Struggles eds. Michael Berkowitz, Susan L. Tananbaum, and Sam Bloom (London, Vallentine Mitchell, 2003).
"'More sinned against than sinning': Wayward youth in the Jewish communities of Britain and America, 1880-1939," Forging Modern Jewish Identities: Public Faces and Private Struggles eds. Michael Berkowitz, Susan L. Tananbaum, and Sam Bloom, (London, Vallentine Mitchell, 2003).
"Jewish Feminist Organizations in Britain and Germany at the Turn of the Century," Two Nations: British and German Jews in Comparative Perspective eds. Michael Brenner, Rainer Liedtke, and David Rechter (Tuebingen: LBI with Mohr Siebeck Publishers, 1999), 371-392.
"Philanthropy and Identity: Gender and Ethnicity in London," Journal of Social History 30 n. 4 (June, 1997): 937-961. (Nominated by JSH for the Berkshire Conference Article Prize, for the best historical article authored by a woman scholar teaching in North America).
"Dorothy Jacobs Bellanca," "Anna Maria (Lederer) Rosenberg Hoffman," in Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia Paula E. Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore, eds. (NY: Routledge, 1997).
"Biology and Community: The Duality of Jewish Mothering in East London," in Mothering: Ideology Experience, and Agency Glenn, Chang, and Forcey, eds. (NY: Routledge, 1994), 311-332.
"Making Good Little English Children: Infant Welfare and Anglicization in London, 1880-1939," Immigrants and Minorities 12 (July, 1993): 176-199.
"Tending to Body and Soul: Catholic Care in turn of the century England," Northeast Conference on British Studies, Oct. 1-2, 2004.
Lady Magnus Lecture, "A noble cause: Jewish and Christian care of orphans 1880-1930," Invited Lecturer, Jewish Historical Society of England, May 29, 2003.
Commentator, "Empire, Migration, and Imperial Citizenship," Northeast Conference on British Studies, Oct. 18-19, 2002.
"Training future generations: girls, clubs, and sports in London's Jewish Community," Workshop on Engendering Sport and the Nation, European Association for American Studies Conference Bordeaux, March 22-25, 2002, (selected by workshop leaders for submission to Conference Proceedings).
"The changing roles of Jewish women (in the context of changes in society) in a comparative European context," Dutch Jewry and Modernity 1880-1940. Keynote address, Ninth symposium, The Committee for the History and Culture of the Jews in the Netherlands, Amsterdam, November 18-20, 2001.
"Restoring Respectability: Fighting Jewish Crime in London and New York at the turn of the Century," 13th World Congress Jewish of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, August 12-17, 2001.
Chair and Commentator, "Youth and Citizenship in England, the United States, and the Soviet Union," Second Annual Conference on the History of Children and Youth, July, 2001.
"'Lifted Out of their Evil Environments': Religious Orphanages in Nineteenth-Century Britain," Northeast Conference on British Studies, Oct. 27-29, 2000.
"Ironing out the Ghetto Bend: Sports and the Making of British Jews," Society for Sports Literature, June 28-July 2, 2000.
"'Morally depraved and abnormally criminal': Jews and Crime in London and New York, 1880-1940," Race in Europe Study Group, Center for European Studies, Harvard University, April 30, 1999.
"'Unfriended and Most Deserving': Sectarian Care of Orphans in the Late Victorian Period," Northeast Conference on British Studies, Oct. 2-3, 1998.
"A Home-like Atmosphere: Recreating Family Life at the Norwood Jewish Orphanage," Third Carleton Conference on the History of the Family, Ottawa, May 1997.
"'More sinned against than sinning': Wayward youth in the Jewish communities of Britain and America, 1880-1939," Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, Utrecht, August, 1996.
"Philanthropy and Identity: Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in London, 1880-1939," Social Science History Association Meetings, October, 1994.
"Education for Citizenship: Schools, Clubs, and the role of Gender in the Jewish East End, 1880- 1939," Modern Jewish History Seminar, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, June, 1994.
"Tzedakah or Scientific Philanthropy?: Models and Methods among London's Jews, 1880-1939," London Museum of Jewish Life, June, 1994.
"Ethnicity and the Public Sphere: Habermas and London Jewry, 1880-1920s," University of Southampton, May, 1994.
"Learning One's Place: 'The Ideal Boy' and 'Girl Nature,'" University College London, March, 1994.
"The Gendered Realities of London's Jewish Immigrants and their Benefactors, 1880-1939," Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, February, 1994.
"Public Spheres and Private Needs: Late Nineteenth Century Patterns of Jewish Philanthropy in London," American Historical Association, January, 1994.
"Anglo-Jewish Philanthropy and the Public Sphere," Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College, November, 1993.
"Definitions of Femininity and Masculinity in the Jewish East End, 1890-1939," Ohio State University, Conference on Gender and Judaism, April, 1993.
"Ethnicity and Victorianism: Models of Sectarian Philanthropy," New England Historical Association, April, 1993.
"'Chivalry, Sportsmanship, and Manliness': Gender and Social Welfare in the Jewish East End," Popular Culture Association, April, 1993.
"'To Make them Worthy Citizens': Anglicization and Ethnicity among London's Jewish Immigrant Children, 1880-1914," Western Conference on British Studies, October, 1992.
"Feminism and Voluntarism: The Case of the Union of Jewish Women," Association for Jewish Studies, December, 1990.
"Mothers and Daughters, Workshops and Homework: Mothering in the East End Jewish Immigrant Community," Conference on Contested Terrains: Constructions of Mothering, SUNY Binghamton, October, 1990.
"Gender and Ethnicity: Immigrant Mothers, English Babies: Infant Welfare and Acculturation among Jews in London's East End, 1880-1939," Five College Social History Faculty Seminar, April, 1990.
"The Acculturation of Jewish Immigrants at the Turn of the Century," Center for European Studies, Harvard University, April, 1989.
"Public Health in London's Russian Jewish Immigrant Community, 1880-1939," Association for Jewish Studies, December, 1987.
"Jewish Immigrant Women in London: A Study in Anglicization, 1880-1939," Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, October, 1987.
Kenan Fellowship for Faculty Development (2000)
Lucius Littauer Foundation Grant, 2000, 1993
Faculty Development Summer Research and Travel Grant, Bowdoin College, 1998, 1993, 1992
Hartley Institute Fellowship, University of Southampton, 1994
Skirball Fellowship, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, 1994
Presidential Discretionary Award, Radcliffe College, 1993
Fellow, Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College, Fall 1993
Indiana Center on Philanthropy, Research Fellowship, Indiana University/Lilly Foundation, 1993-1994
Course Development Grant, Bowdoin College, 1993
National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar for College Teachers, 1992. Director: Martha Vicinus, University of Michigan
National Endowment for the Humanities, Travel to Collections Grant, 1992
Holocaust Educational Foundation Grant, 1991
Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, Doctoral Dissertation Grant, 1987, 1986
Sachar Dissertation Research Grant, Brandeis University, 1985
Tauber Institute Fellowship, Brandeis University, 1985, 1983
American Historical Association
Women's Caucus, Association for Jewish Studies
North American Conference on British Studies
Spindel Memorial Lecture in Jewish Studies and Contemporary Jewish Affairs