American Jewish History, US Urban History, History of Capitalism


Lila Corwin Berman is Professor of History at Temple University. She holds the Murray Friedman Chair of American Jewish History and directs the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. Berman received her B.A. from Amherst College and her Ph.D. from Yale. She is currently writing a book titled “The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex: The Historical Formation of a Multi-Billion Dollar Institution” (under contract with Princeton University Press). She is author of Metropolitan Jews: Politics, Race, and Religion in Postwar Detroit (University of Chicago, 2015), for which she received support from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies, and Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity (California, 2009), a finalist for the Jewish Book Council’s Sami Rohr Prize. Her articles have appeared in several publications, including the American Historical ReviewJournal of American History, and Jewish Social Studies, as well as many edited volumes.

Selected Publications

  • “Jewish History beyond the Jewish People,” AJS Review 42, no. 2 (Nov 2018): 1-24
  • “How Americans Give: The Financialization of American Jewish Philanthropy,” American Historical Review 122, no. 5 (Dec 2017): 1459-1489
  • “Donor Advised Funds in Historical Perspective,” Boston College Law Forum on Philanthropy and the Public Good 1 (Oct 2015): 5-27
  • “Jewish Urban Politics in the City and Beyond,” Journal of American History 99, 2 (Sept 2012): 492-519
  • “Sociology, Jews, and Intermarriage in Twentieth-Century America,” Jewish Social Studies 14, no. 2 (Winter 2008): 32-60

Courses Taught

  • HIST 2705: Antisemitism, Holocaust, Racism
  • HIST 3900: Jewish Power and Powerlessness
  • HIST 8201: Introduction to American History, Since 1865 (Graduate)
  • HIST 8206: Recent US Urban History (Graduate)