Allan Nadler, Course Lecturer

Areas of Interest:

Hasidism and Eastern European Jewish thought, and history; Yiddish literature and culture


B.A. (McGill), M.A. and Ph.D. (Harvard)

Professor of Jewish Studies at Drew University since 1998. Prior to his appointment at Drew, Dr. Nadler was, for seven years, the Director of Research at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City, and Dean of YIVO’s Graduate Training Program, the Max Weinreich Center for Advanced Jewish Studies. From 1991-94 Dr. Nadler was Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. In 1994-95 her served as Adjunct Professor at the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. In 1998 he was the Ezra Sensibar Visiting Professor at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies in Chicago. In 2005, and again in 2011 and 2012, Dr. Nadler was Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies at McGill University in Montreal, where he had previously been a fully time faculty member from 1982-1984, and an adjunct professor from 1984-1990.

An ordained rabbi, Dr. Nadler served the Charles River Park Synagogue in Boston and Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Westmount (Montreal).

Dr. Nadler’s more than 150 articles, reviews and essays have appeared in numerous scholarly and popular journals and newspapers such as Commentary, The New Republic, The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Judaism, Tradition, Modern Judaism, The New York Times, Newsday, Forward, The Jewish Week, and The Baltimore Jewish Times.

Dr. Nadler is the author of: Faith of the Mithnagdim: Rabbinic Responses to Hasidic Rapture (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997), The Hasidim in America (American Jewish Committee Monograph, 1995). Professor Nadler is currently writing, "A History of Heresy in Judaism" (forthcoming, Princeton University Press, 2015) and the forthcoming“Rabbis, Rebbes & Rebels: Polemics of Jewish Intellectual History in the Early Modern Period” which  is planned for publication by the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, Oxford, in 2016.


Selected Reviews of The Faith of the Mithnagdim

  • The Hasidim in America (American Jewish Committee: 1995)
  • and the forthcoming: The Heretic as Hero: Spinoza in the Modern Jewish Imagination

Selected Reviews and Essays from The Forward & other Magazines/Newspapers