Jonathan M. Hess

Professor of German, Moses M. and Hannah L. Malkin Distinguished Professor of Jewish History and Culture, Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies

Jonathan M. Hess is the Chair of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an expert in German and German-Jewish literary, cultural, and intellectual history. He is the author of four monographs, the most recent of which is Deborah and Her Sisters: How One Nineteenth-Century Melodrama and a Host of Celebrated Actresses Put Judaism on the World Stage. Hess is also the coeditor, with Eric Downing and Richard Benson, of Literary Studies and the Pursuits of Reading (Camden House, 2012) and the coeditor, with Maurice Samuels and Nadia Valman, of Nineteenth-Century Jewish Literature: A Reader (Stanford University Press, 2013). He has held grants from the National Humanities Center, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Leo Baeck Institute, and the German Academic Exchange Service.

  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., German, Johns Hopkins University
Office Location: 
443 Dey Hall

Home Institution: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

  • Eighteenth Century
  • Nineteenth Century
  • Austrian Studies
  • Intellectual and Cultural History
  • Jewish Studies
  • Popular Culture
  • Theater and Performance Studies
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