Daniel S. Gross

 The PhD thesis is currently titled “An American School of Zionist Historians”…

Biographical Note

Born in Denver, Colorado, I moved with my family to Israel in 1987 at the age of five. I have lived in the Jerusalem area ever since.

I received my BA in International Relations and History and MA in History, both at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. I wrote my master’s thesis under the guidance of Prof. Eli Lederhendler. For my thesis entitled “Israel Zangwill’s Territorialism: American sources and influences” (Heb.), I was granted the 2009/10 Moshe Davis z”l and Lottie Keisar Davis Scholarship in America-Israel Studies. Always interested in Israel-Diaspora relations, I have helped to co-initiate an international academic seminar at the Hebrew University: “Ethiopia and Ethiopians, Yesterday to Today – 1991 to 2011: A Two Day Symposium on Regime Change and Operation Solomon,” co-sponsored by The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace and the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry. In addition, I have recently worked as a program coordinator assistant for a symposium on Taglit-Birthright Israel, co-organized by the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University, and the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry. I have also worked as a research assistant for numerous scholars, as well as an administrative assistant at the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism.

Current Project

I have been privileged to be able to continue my research under the guidance of Prof. Lederhendler as a doctoral candidate at the department of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University. The PhD thesis is currently titled “An American School of Zionist Historians.” Within a social-cultural context and utilizing an intellectual analysis, the guiding question I propose to ask is whether a particular group of American Jewish thinkers and historians could also be considered as formulators of a Zionist discourse, such as – and parallel to – their Israeli counterparts. In answering this query, I will define the distinctive issues pertaining to a specifically American-Zionist perspective. I will do this primarily by seeking out the ideological underpinnings of historical research published by a group of Jewish historians in the United States. These scholars include Ben Halpern, Arthur Hertzberg and Jehuda Reinharz.

Selected Publications

Gross, Daniel S., “Israel Zangwill’s Territorialism and British Antisemitism: Reactions and Reflections,” Yalkut Moreshet 89 (June 2011) pp. 115-151 (Heb.).