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About Ronald Schechter

Ronald Schechter received his B.A. from the University of Michigan (1987), his M.A. from the University of Chicago (1988) & his Ph.D. from Harvard University (1993).  His book, Obstinate Hebrews: Representations of Jews in France, 1715-1815 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003), won the American Historical Association’s Leo Gershoy Award & the Society for French Historical Studies’ David Pinkney Prize, & it was a finalist for the Koret Jewish Book Award in the category of History.  Schechter is also the author (with Liz Clarke, illustrator) of Mendoza the Jew: Boxing, Manliness, & Nationalism. A Graphic History (New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014). He is the editor of The French Revolution: The Essential Readings (Oxford: Blackwell, 2001), & the translator & editor of Nathan the Wise by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing with Related Documents (Boston & New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2004).  He is also the editor of Shifting Boundaries, Rethinking Paradigms: The Significance of French Jewish History, a special issue of Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques 32:1 (Spring 2006).  Among the venues of his journal articles have been Past & PresentRepresentations & Eighteenth-Century Studies.  His most recent book is A Genealogy of Terror in Eighteenth-Century France (Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press, 2018).
 
Schechter has been a visiting fellow at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies (Princeton University), & the Polonsky Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew & Jewish Studies.

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Present Professor, William & Mary History
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