Günther Jikeli

Günther Jikeli

Visiting Associate Professor, Jewish Studies

Justin M. Druck Family Scholar

  • gjikeli@indiana.edu
  • (812) 856-1150
  • Global and International Studies Building 4019
  • Office Hours
    W ednesday
    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.


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


Günther Jikeli is on an extended appointment at Indiana University as a Visiting Associate Professor and Justin M. Druck Family Scholar in the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program, since Fall 2015.

Jikeli 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.

Jikeli was the editor of a previous 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 book Perceptions of the Holocaust in Europe and Muslim Communities: Sources, Comparisons and Educational Challenges (with Joëlle Allouche-Benayoun, 2013) is a collection of studies of today’s often problematic views of the Holocaust, focusing on Western Europe.

His current research projects include works on the impact of contemporary antisemitism in France and Germany, Dieudonné, intergenerational transmissions of antisemitic beliefs, and perceptions of the Holocaust.

Dr. Jikeli offers supervision and advice for students who wish to study antisemitism or who are writing a thesis related to antisemitism. Different methods and approaches of critical antisemitism studies will be discussed. 

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


  • Jikeli, G. (2015). Muslim Antisemitism in Europe, Indiana University Press: Bloomington.
  • Editor, Raketen und Zwangsarbeit in Peenemünde – Die Verantwortung der Erinnerung. Schwerin: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung 2014.
  • Editor (with Joëlle Allouche-Benayoun), Perceptions of the Holocaust in Europe and Muslim Communities. Sources, Comparisons and Educational Challenges. https://www.springer.com/us/book/9789400753068 Dordrecht, Heidelberg, New York, London: Springer Science 2013.
  • Antisemitismus und Diskriminierungswahrnehmungen junger Muslime in Europa, Essen: Klartext 2012.
  • Editor (with Kim Robin Stoller and Hanne Thoma), Strategies and Effective Practices for Fighting Antisemitism Among People with a Muslim or Arab Background in Europe. Berlin: IIBSA 2007
Book Chapters
  • “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
  • “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.