Simon Rabinovitch teaches modern Jewish, European, and Russian history. He received a B.A. in History and Jewish Studies from McGill University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative History from Brandeis University. During his graduate studies he spent a year (2005-6) as a visiting student at the European University at St. Petersburg and before coming to Boston University he spent two years (2007-9) as the Alexander Grass Postdoctoral Associate in Jewish History at the University of Florida.
Rabinovitch began teaching as an Assistant Professor at Boston University’s Department of History in the fall of 2009. In August 2010 he was appointed to a three-year career development professorship named in honor of Peter T. Paul (2010-13). He spent 2011-12 as a Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki’s Collegium for Advanced Studies and as a Visiting Scholar (February/March 2012) at Tel-Aviv University’s Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center. He has been an Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University since 2010.
Rabinovitch’s published work has examined different aspects of Jewish intellectual history, Jewish politics in revolutionary Russia, and the history of folklore and ethnography. He is also an occasional contributor to Haaretz (English) and an editor at The Marginalia Review of Books.
Professor Rabinovitch plays hockey avidly, albeit without talent, and lives in West Roxbury with his wife, two daughters, and son.
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