Alvin H. Rosenfeld

Alvin H. Rosenfeld

Professor, English

Director, Center for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism

  • rosenfel@indiana.edu
  • (812) 855-2325
  • Global and International Studies Building 4006
  • Office Hours
    M-F
    By Appointment Only

Education

  • Ph.D., Brown University, 1967

About

Alvin Rosenfeld, the Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies at IU Bloomington and Professor of Jewish Studies and English in the College of Arts and Sciences, founded and directs the institute. Initial funding for institute scholarly activities comes from the endowment that supports the Irving M. Glazer Chair.

Rosenfeld received his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1967 and has taught at Indiana University since 1968. He founded Indiana University's well-regarded Borns Jewish Studies Program and served as its director for 30 years.

The editor of William Blake: Essays (1969) and the Collected Poetry of John Wheelwright (1972), he is also the author of numerous scholarly and critical articles on American poetry, Jewish writers, and the literature of the Holocaust. Indiana University Press published his Confronting the Holocaust: The Impact of Elie Wiesel (co-edited with Irving Greenberg) in 1979 and, in 1980, published his A Double Dying: Reflections on Holocaust Literature (the book has since appeared in German and Polish translations.

With his wife, Erna Rosenfeld, Rosenfeld translated Gunther Schwarberg's The Murders at Bullenhuser Damm, a book on Nazi medical atrocities published by the Indiana University Press in 1984. His Imagining Hitler was published by Indiana University Press in 1985 (available also in a Japanese translation) and Thinking About the Holocaust: After Half a Century in 1997. His The Writer Uprooted: Contemporary Jewish Exile Literature appeared with Indiana University Press in 2009. His most recent study, The End of the Holocaust, is due to be published in April, 2011.

In recent years, Rosenfeld has also been writing about contemporary antisemitism, and some of his articles on this subject have evoked intense debate. He is also editor of a series of books on Jewish Literature and Culture published by Indiana University Press.

Professor Rosenfeld has served as an editorial board member of various scholarly journals, including Holocaust and Genocide Studies, as well as a board member and scholarly consultant to various Jewish institutions and organizations. He held a 5-year Presidential appointment on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council (2002-2007) and presently serves on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Executive Committee. He is Chair of the Academic Committee of the Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.

Professor Rosenfeld is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the recipient of fellowship grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Foundation of Jewish Culture, and the National Endowment of the Humanities.

Professor Rosenfeld was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa, by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in May 2007.

Honors
  • DHL Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
  • Recipient of Indiana University’s Distinguished Service Award (2003)
Professional Activities
  • Series Editor, Indiana University Press, Jewish Literature and Culture series
  • Series Editor, Indiana University Press, Studies in Antisemitism
  • Member , Public Council of the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism, Tel Aviv University.
  • Member , Working Group on Antisemitism, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
  • Member, Editorial Board of Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust and Antisemitism.
  • Member, Fellowships Admissions Committee for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany (second two-year term)
  • Member, Executive Committee, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
  • Chair, Academic Committee, United States Holocaust Memorial Committee, Washington, D.C.
  • Member, International Advisory Board of the Institute for Jewish Studies, University of Antwerp (Belgium).
  • Member, International Advisory Board, Holocaust and Genocide Studies: An International Journal.
  • Member, Advisory Board, Partial Answers: A Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas.
  • Member, Academic Board of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy, Yale University.
  • Adviser to the editors of the multi-volume Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945, a project of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (first two volumes published with Indiana University Press).
  • Referee for scholarly manuscripts for a variety of scholarly journals and academic presses

Publications

Editor, Deciphering the New Antisemitism (Indiana University Press, 2015).

Editor, Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives (Indiana University Press, 2013).

The End of the Holocaust (Indiana University Press, 2011; German, Hebrew, Hungarian, and Polish translations).

Editor, The Writer Uprooted: Contemporary Jewish Exile Literature (Indiana University Press, 2009).

Imagining Hitler (Indiana University Press, 1985; Japanese-language translation).

Editor, Thinking About the Holocaust: After Half a Century, with an Introduction by Alvin H. Rosenfeld (Indiana University Press, 1997).

Translated (with Erna B. Rosenfeld), Guenther Schwarberg, The Murders at Bullenhuser Damm: The SS Doctor and the Children (Indiana University Press, 1984).

A Double Dying: Reflections on Holocaust Literature (Indiana University Press, 1980; paperback ed., 1988; German, Polish, and Hungarian editions).

Co-Editor (with Irving Greenberg), Confronting the Holocaust: The Impact of Elie Wiesel (Indiana University Press, 1979).

Editor, The Collected Poems of John Wheelwright, with an Introduction by Austin Warren (New Directions, 1972; paperback ed., 1983).