Scott Spector

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Scott Spector

Professor of German,
Professor of History,
Professor of Judaic Studies

University of Michigan
German Department
3204 MLB
812 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI

Phone: 734.647.0401
Fax: 734.763.6557

  • Fields of Study
    • Modern Central European Cultural History
    • German-Jewish Identity and Culture
    • History of Sexuality
    • Habsburg History
    • Modernism
  • About

    Scott Spector continues his studies in the cultural history of modern Central Europe. His varied research and teaching interests revolve around problems of the relations between ideology and culture, approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. In particular his interests have included: German-speaking Jewish writers and thinkers, sexuality and culture, nationalism, the politics of historiography, and the dialogue between film and historical representation. His two current book projects include a study of the creation of marginal figures (homosexuals, eroticized women, Jewish ritual murderers) in the scientific and sensational culture of fin-de-siècle Vienna and Berlin, and a collection of essays on German-Jewish subjectivity and its histories.

    Selected Publications

    Selected Articles:

    • "Where Personal Fate Turns to Public Affair: Homosexual Scandal and Social Order in Vienna, 1900-1910,"Austrian History Yearbook 38 (2007), pp. 15-24.
    • "Modernism Without Jews: A Counter-Historical Argument," Modernism/modernity Vol. 13, No. 4 (November 2006), pp. 615-633.
    • "Forget Assimilation: Introducing Subjectivity to German-Jewish History," Jewish History vol. 20, nos. 3/4 (December 2006), pp. 349-61; also in: Zvi Gitelman, ed., Religion or Ethnicity? Jewish Identities in Evolution (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2009), 90-103.
    • "Hybridity and the Habsburg Jews," Spaces of Identity, vol. 6, no. 1 (April 2006), pp. 9-18
    • "Edith Stein's Passing Gestures: Intimate Histories, Empathic Portraits," New German Critique 75 (Fall, 1998), pp. 28-56, repr. Joyce Avrech Berkman, ed., Contemplating Edith Stein (Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2006), pp. 93-121.


  • Education
    • Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University
  • Awards
    • DAAD/German Studies Association book prize, 1999, 2000 (for Prague Territories)
    • Visiting Fellowship, Internationales Forschungszentrum Kultuwissenschaften, Vienna, 2001
    • Fellowship in International Studies, Library of Congress (ACLS/AAU), 2002.
  • Selected Publications:
  • Books