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Daniel Kupfert Heller, Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest

Modern Jewish history; 20th century Eastern Europe; Zionism and the State of Israel; history of childhood and youth; Polish-Jewish Relations.


Ph.D, Stanford University, 2012.
B.A, University of Toronto, 2006.


“Obedient Children and Reckless Rebels: Jabotinsky’s Youth Politics and the Case for Authoritarian Leadership, 1931-1933,” Journal of Israeli History 34, 1 (forthcoming)

In Progress

A book manuscript based on my PhD dissertation, “The Rise of the Zionist Right: Polish Jews and the Betar Youth Movement, 1922-1935”.

Grants and Awards

-Elizabeth Spilman Rosenfeld Prize for the best written dissertation in the Department of History, Stanford University (2013)
-Prize for Excellence in a Student Designed and Taught Course, Stanford University, (2012)
-Mellon Foundation Dissertation Scholarship (2011-2012)
-Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Doctoral Scholarship (2011-2012)
-Aleksander and Alicja Hertz Memorial Fellow, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (2010)

Lectures and Conference Presentations  

"Jabotinsky and the Politics of Youth" Forum for Young Scholars, Tel Aviv University (June 2014)

"Nashim u-leumiut: Hama'avak al zehutan shel nashot betar be-polin" Tel Aviv University (June 2014)

"Jabotinsky's Daughters: Gender and Nationalism in the Betar Youth Movement" YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (March 2014)

“Two Fatherlands? Zionist Youth and the Politics of Belonging in Interwar Poland”, Hazel D. Cole Fellow Public Lecture, University of Washington (April 2013)

“Taming of the Shtetl? Urban Zionist Activists and the Struggle to Shape Modern Jewish Politics in Interwar Poland’s Eastern Borderlands”, The Micropolitics of Small-Town Life in Eastern Europe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (February 2013)

“Polish Patriotism in Blue and White? The Betar Youth Movement and the Performance of Zionist ‘Polishness’ ”, Association for Jewish Studies Conference, Chicago, IL (December 2012)

“Obedient Rebels: Right-Wing Zionism, Youth and Political Power in the early 1930s”, Association for Jewish Studies Conference, Washington DC (December 2011)