Shulamit Reinharz, Ph.D.
Dr. Reinharz is the co-Director of the Hadassah Brandeis Institute (Brandeis University)
Dr. Reinharz wrote the Introduction to Pulling It All Together,
the diaries of Judge Anne F. Schlezinger, the first Jewish woman judge at the Federal level.
Shulamit Reinharz was born in Amsterdam, Holland, grew up in New Jersey, received her B.A. in sociology from Barnard College (1967) and her Ph.D. from Brandeis University (1977). She was a professor at the University of Michigan before coming to Brandeis as a professor of sociology in the 1980's.
Professor Reinharz was Director of the Brandeis Women’s Studies Program and developed the National Board for Women’s Studies at Brandeis; the first graduate degree program in Jewish Women’s Studies; a Student/Scholar Partnership Program, offering paid research opportunities to undergraduates; the Scholars Program; a visiting professorship filled initially by Anita Hill; a program on the Prevention of Violence against Women and Children, among other programs. Reinharz chaired Hadassah’s National Commission on American Jewish Women and later, established the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI), which has the mission of developing fresh ways of thinking about Jews and gender worldwide.
In 2001, Professor Reinharz opened the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis, whose tagline is “where research, art and activism converge.” In 2013, the National Council for Research on Women awarded Dr. Reinharz the “trailblazer award” for her pioneering work in research on women.
The holder of the Jacob Potofsky Chair of Sociology, Professor Reinharz has published 13 books, including On Becoming a Social Scientist (1979), Qualitative Gerontology (1984), Feminist Methods in Social Research (1992), American Jewish Women and the Zionist Enterprise (2005), The JGirl’s Guide (2005), Intermarriage around the World (2010), Observing the Observer (2011), One Hundred Years of Kibbutz Life: A Century of Crises and Reinvention (2012), Today I am a Woman (2012), and The JGuy’s Guide (2013). She is finishing an anthology about the relation between Jews and art in the 20th century, and a study of her father’s memoir detailing his experience in Holland during the Holocaust.
Awards and Recognition
National Council for Research on Women -- Trailblazer Award
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