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Robert S. Wistrich, PhD

Robert S. Wistrich, PhD

Director, Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism

Robert Wistrich has held the Neuberger Chair of Modern European and Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 1989. He was previously (1991-1995) the first holder of the Jewish Chronicle Chair for Jewish Studies at University College, London. He has spent sabbaticals at Oxford University, Harvard, Brandeis, and the Royal Netherlands Institute of Research. In addition, he has taught at the Ecole des Sciences Sociales in Paris, the University of Montpellier, the University of Vienna, and Yale.

Professor Wistrich has edited several journals including The Journal of Contemporary History and currently Antisemitism International. He is author and editor of 25 books, several of which won international prizes. They include Socialism and the Jews (1985), which received the American Jewish Committee award; The Jews of Vienna in the Age of Franz Joseph, which won the Austrian State Prize for History in 1991; and Antisemitism: The Longest Hatred, which received the H.H. Wingate non-fiction award in the U.K. in 1992. Many commentators have hailed his recent magnum opus, A Lethal Obsession: Antisemitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad, as the definitive work on the subject for years to come. It was recently awarded the Best Book of the Year Prize by the editors of the New-York based Journal for the Study of Antisemitism who described Professor Wistrich as “the leading scholar in the field of antisemitism study”. Professor Wistrich’s most recent book is From Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, the Jews and Israel (University of Nebraska Press, 2012).

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