Günther Jikeli

Günther Jikeli

Erna B. Rosenfeld Professor, Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism/ Borns Jewish Studies Program

Associate Professor, Germanic Studies


  • Ph.D., Center for Research on Antisemitism, Technical University Berlin, 2011

About Günther Jikeli

Günther Jikeli holds the Erna B. Rosenfeld Professorship at Indiana University's Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism at the Borns Jewish Studies Program. He is an associate professor in Germanic Studies and Jewish Studies at Indiana University.

He received his doctorate from the Center for Research on Antisemitism at Technical University Berlin in 2011. He is a historian and sociologist of modern Europe, with particular interests in the history of antisemitism and in critical antisemitism studies.

His latest book (with Olaf Glockner) “Das neue Unbehagen. Antisemitismus in Deutschland heute” [The New Unease. Antisemitism in Germany Today] was published in summer 2019. In 2015, he published "European Muslim Antisemitism." with IU Press.

In 2013, he was awarded the Raoul Wallenberg Prize in Human Rights and Holocaust Studies. Günther’s academic work was recognized in 2019 by The Algemeiner as one of “The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life.”

Jikeli is the editor of a book (2014) on forced labor at Peenemunde from 1936 to 1945 for the construction of the V-2 Rocket under technical director Wernher von Braun. The book underlines the irrationality of this endeavor, which led to immense suffering.

His research focuses on online and offline forms of contemporary antisemitism.

Dr. Jikeli offers supervision and advice for students who wish to study antisemitism or who are writing a thesis related to antisemitism/ critical antisemitism studies.

Awards & Honors

Raoul Wallenberg Prize in Human Rights and Holocaust Studies (2013).

Named one of the "top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life" by The Algemeiner in 2019.

Selected publications

Book chapters

“Discrimination against Muslims and Antisemitic Views among Young Muslims in Europe.” In: Mikael Shainkman (ed.), Antisemitism Today and Tomorrow: Global Perspectives on the Many Faces of Contemporary Antisemitism. Academic Studies Press 2018: Boston, 101-124.

“L’antisémitisme chez les jeunes musulmans de France.” In: D. Schnapper, P. Salmona, and P. Nahum (eds.), L’Antisémitisme en France XIXe-XXIe siècle. Les Editions Odile Jacob 2016: Paris, 215-230.

“Anti-Semitism within the Extreme Right and Islamists’ Circles." In: O. Glöckner and H. Fireberg (eds.), Being Jewish in 21st-Century Germany. De Gruyter 2015: Oldenburg, 188-207.

“A Framework for Assessing Antisemitism: Three Case Studies (Dieudonné, Erdoğan, and Hamas).” In: A. H. Rosenfeld (ed.), Deciphering Antisemitism. Indiana University Press 2015: Bloomington, 43-76.

“Antisemitismus unter Muslimen – Debatten, Umfragen, Einflussfaktoren.” In: M. Schwarz-Friesel (ed.), Gebildeter Antisemitismus. Eine Herausforderung für Politik und Zivilgesellschaft. Nomos 2015: Baden-Baden, 187-216.

"Discrimination of European Muslims: Self-Perceptions, Experiences and Discourses of Victimhood." In: D. Soen, M. Shechory & S. B. David (eds.), Minority Groups: Coercion, Discrimination, Exclusion, Deviance and the Quest for Equality. Nova Science 2012: Hauppauge, N.Y., 77-96.

"The Kreuzberg Initiative against Antisemitism among Youth from Muslim and Non-Muslim Backgrounds in Berlin." In: M. Fineberg, S. Samuels and M. Weitzman (eds.), Antisemitism: The Generic Hatred. Essays in Memory of Simon Wiesenthal. London: Mitchell 2007: London, 198-211.

Journal articles and papers

Editor of special issue of Religions: The Return of Religious Antisemitism? 2019, http://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/special_issues/anti.

“Antisemitic Acts and Attitudes in Contemporary France. The Effects on French Jews.” In: Antisemitism Studies. Volume 2, Issue 2, Fall 2018, 297-320.

“Explaining the Discrepancy of Antisemitic Acts and Attitudes in 21st Century France.” In: Contemporary Jewry. July 2017, Volume 37, Issue 2, 257–273.

“L’antisémitisme en milieux et pays musulmans : débats et travaux autour d’un processus complexe“ In: Revue d'Histoire Moderne & Contemporaine, numéro spécial, 62-2/3 2015, 89-114.

“Antisemitic Attitudes among Muslims in Europe: A Survey Review,” ed. Charles Asher Small, ISGAP Occasional Paper Series, May 2015.

Jikeli, G. (2010). Anti-Semitism in youth language: the pejorative use of the terms for "Jew" in German and French today. In: conflict & communication online, 9 (1), 1-13.

Book reviews

Review of : Taguieff, Pierre-André: Une France antijuive?. Regards sur la nouvelle configuration judéophobe. Paris 2015. In: H-Soz-Kult, 15 December 2016.

Review of: Kenneth L. Marcus: The Definition of Anti-Semitism, Oxford University Press 2015, 296pp. In: JUSTICE, No.57, Winter 2015-2016.

Review of: Schmidt, Leo; Mense, Uta K.: Denkmallandschaft Peenemünde. Eine wissenschaftliche Bestandsaufnahme - Conservation Management Plan. In: H-Soz-u-Kult, 17 April 2014.

Review of: Andrei Oisteanu’s Inventing the Jew. In: Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, 1/1, 2015, 79-84.