Michael Dobkowski

Michael Dobkowski received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from New York University and is presently a Professor of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. His main areas of interest include Holocaust Studies, American Anti-Semitism, the American Jewish experience, the History of Judaism, and the history of Zionism and Modern Israel.
At the Colleges, he is also involved in the Holocaust Studies minor. A popular lecturer, he brings analysis tempered by humor and irony to these significant subjects.

Courses often taught by Professor Dobkowski include:
Rel 108 Religion and Alienation
Rel 270 Modern Jewish History
Rel 271 The History and Impact of the Holocaust
Rel 272 The Sociology of the American Jew
Rel 273 Foundations of Jewish Thought
Rel 274 Zionism, the State of Israel and the Middle East Conflict
Rel 276 History of Eastern European Jewry: 1648-1945
Rel 278 Jewish Life and Thought in Modern Times
Rel 370 Jewish Mysticism and Hassidism
Rel 401 Literary and Theological Responses to the Holocaust

These classes and others can be found in the department course listing.

Publications by Michael Dobkowski:


The Tarnished Dream:
The Basis of American Anti-Semitism

Jewish American

Michael Dobkowski is also the author of The Politics of Indifference: Documentary History of Holocaust Victims in America (1982).


Publications by Michael Dobkowski and Isidor Wallimann:

Genocide and the
Modern Age: Etiology and Case Histories
Genocide in Our
Time (1992)
The Coming Age
of Scarcity
A Family Among
Families:The Jewish
Home of Rochester
Since 1920

Together with Isidor Wallimann, he is also the editor of Towards the Holocaust: The Social and Economic Collapse of the Weimar Republic (1983), and Radical Perspectives on the Rise of Fascism in Germany, 1919-1945 (1989).

He is also co-author, with colleagues at Hobart and William Smith, of a text entitled The Nuclear Predicament (1990).

Some of these books and others by faculty from the Colleges may be found at the College Store.