Alan Charles Kors Term Associate Professor of History
Benjamin Nathans, Associate Professor of History, is the Alan Charles Kors Term Associate Professor of History. Professor Nathans specializes in Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union, modern European Jewish history, and the history of human rights. His book Beyond the Pale: The Jewish Encounter with Late Imperial Russia (Berkeley, 2002) won the Koret Prize in Jewish History, the Vucinich Prize in Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies, the Lincoln Prize in Russian History, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in History. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Professor Nathans is currently on leave, serving as a Fellow of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center at Princeton University in the fall and Senior Fellow of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies in Germany in the spring. He is working on a book, To the Success of Our Hopeless Cause: A History of the Soviet Dissident Movement, as well as a translation from Russian of Simon Dubnov’s memoir The Book of Life.
About the Donor
George H. Walker IV, C’91, W’91, WG’92
George H. Walker IV, C ’91, W ’91, WG ’92 established this chair in 2003 to recognize a member of Penn’s history faculty.