Daniel Kupfert Heller

Daniel Heller

Adjunct Professor

Senior Lecturer, Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation

Areas of Interest:

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


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



Jabotinsky’s Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017)


“The Gendered Politics of Public Health: Jewish Nurses and the American Joint Distribution Committee in Interwar Poland” Jewish History (forthcoming volume) 

“The Jewish User's Guide to Terror and Retaliation” AJS Perspectives (Spring 2017), pp.14-15 

“Obedient Children and Reckless Rebels: Jabotinsky’s Youth Politics and the Case for Authoritarian Leadership, 1931-1933,” Journal of Israeli History 34, 1 (2015), pp. 45-68

“Between Defense and Attack: Revisionist Responses to Anti-Jewish Violence in 1930s Poland” ["Między obroną a atakiem: syjoniści-rewizjoniści wobec przemocy antyżydowskiej w Polsce w latach trzydziestych"] Kwartalnik Historii Żydów 2 (258), 2016, pp.407-429.

Teaching Awards:

-Principal's Prize for Excellence in Teaching, McGill University (2017)

-H.Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching, McGill University (2016)

-Prize for Excellence in a Student Designed and Taught Course, Stanford University, (2012)

Research Grants and Awards:

-Le Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC): Research Support for New Academics (2017)

-SSHRC Internal Social Sciences and Humanities Development Grant (2017)

-Start-Up Grant, Faculty of Arts, McGill University (2013-2016)

-Elizabeth Spilman Rosenfeld Prize for the best written dissertation in the Department of History, Stanford University (2013)

-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:

“How to Write the Right: Historical approaches to Revisionist Zionism” Centre for Jewish Studies Graduate Seminar, University of Toronto (March 2016)

 “Mobilizing the Shtetl: Betar and the Quest to Transform Small-Town Life in Interwar Poland” Ruth Gay Seminar in Jewish Studies, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York (November 2015)

 “Terrorism Between Poland and Palestine, 1935-1939” Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Conference (November 2015)

 "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)

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