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Phyllis Cohen Albert

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Phyllis Cohen Albert

Phyllis Cohen Albert was co-founder and co-chair of the Jews in Modern Europe seminar from 1979-2019. She has taught modern Jewish history at Harvard, Brown University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of New South Wales, and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Her research interests include nineteenth and twentieth-century French Jewish intellectual, social, and institutional history. She is the author of The Modernization of French Jewry: Consistory and Community in Nineteenth-century France (1977) and The Integration of French Jews since the Revolution She has been writing about the debate over the idea of restoring Jews to Palestine and the forces that gave rise to Zionism in the decades preceding the Zionist movement in mid-nineteenth-century France.


  • Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University