Matthew Berkman

(he/him/his)

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies

Areas of Study

Education

  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • MA, New York University
  • BA, New York University

Biography

Matthew Berkman is a political scientist specializing in American Jewish history, race and ethnicity, and the Israel-Palestine conflict.

He received a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018. His dissertation, “Coercive Consensus: Jewish Federations, Ethnic Representation, and the Roots of American Pro-Israel Politics,” explores the role of philanthropic federations in the creation of an American Jewish political infrastructure during the postwar period.

He is currently working on a book project about evolving American Jewish definitions of antisemitism. His work has been published in Jewish Social Studies and the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies. He has an article forthcoming in American Jewish History.

Fall 2021

Jewish Identity and American Politics — FYSP 156
Is the U.S. a Democracy? — POLT 273

Spring 2022

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict — JWST 224
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict — POLT 224
Zionisms — JWST 310
Zionisms — POLT 310

Notes

Shari Rabin and Matthew Berkman publish in America Jewish History special issue

September 2, 2021

Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies Shari Rabin and Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies Matthew Berkman both had pieces published in the journal American Jewish History’s new special issue on antisemitism.

Matthew Berkman Wins Award for Dissertation

August 14, 2020

Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies Matthew Berkman’s dissertation won an award from the American Political Science Association. Berkman’s dissertation, "Coercive Consensus: Jewish Federations, Ethnic Representation, and the Roots of American Pro-Israel Politics" is the winner of the association’s Walter Dean Burnham Dissertation Prize. “Coercive Consensus” sets out to answer the question of how complete identification with the state of Israel came to characterize every major national Jewish organization in the highly consequential period following the Six Day War.