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  • Associate Professor of History
  • Chair of Jewish Studies


  • BA, Duke University, 1992
  • MS in education, Bank Street College, 1995
  • MA, Columbia University 1998
  • PhD, Columbia University, 2007


Teaching Interests: Medieval and early modern Europe, especially social, political, and cultural formation of the West from 1000-1700 Research Interests: Urban and legal history, state development, and gender. Professor Wurtzel's book project is about the transformation of urban jurisdiction and space in the context of early modern state formation in the southern Low Countries.


  • Ellen Wurtzel Interviewed

    June 22, 2017

    Ellen Wurtzel, associate professor of history, was interviewed for the Royal Studies Journal blog about her article "The Joyous Entry of Albert and Isabella in Lille: History, Conquest and the Making of Belgium” which appeared in a December 2016 issue of the Royal Studies Journal (RSJ) called Taking Possession: Royal Entries in the Early Modern Period. The piece was developed from a paper she delivered at the 2015 Sixteenth-Century Studies annual conference and investigates the way that the city’s history was used to establish loyalty to the prince and envision a new empire in the midst of war and religious conflict.


Q&A with “What is Sanctuary?” Panelists

February 8, 2018
The concept of sanctuary is often part of today’s discussions about immigration, but the idea of providing sanctuary has ancient roots. Learn about the different meanings and practices during “What is Sanctuary?” on Tuesday, February 13.