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Schottenstein-Jesselson Curator of Judaica Collections, Founding Member of Judaica DH at the Penn Libraries
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Dr. Arthur Kiron is the Schottenstein-Jesselson Curator of Judaica Collections and Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in Jewish history from Columbia University and also holds an M.A. in religious studies from Stanford University, where he focused on the history of Biblical interpretation. His B.A. is from Brandeis University, where he graduated magna cum laude in Political Theory and Women’s Studies and was the recipient of the Giller-Sagan Prize in Women’s Studies.

He currently oversees the Penn Library’s Judaica programs of education and outreach, such as exhibits, concerts, workshops, as well as national and international partnerships to digitize significant collections of Judaica. He is the Director of the Jesselson-Kaplan American Genizah Project and is the editor of Constellations of Atlantic Jewish History: The Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica (2014), recipient of the Arline Custer Memorial Award. His academic scholarship mainly focuses on Atlantic Jewish history and the history of the Jewish book.

Arthur serves on numerous academic and communal advisory boards, including the Executive Committee of the Jewish Counter Culture Oral History Project, based at Penn; the Advisory Board of the Footprints provenance project, based at Columbia University, the Advisory Board of the Jewish Play Project, based at the Rochester Institute of Technology; the International Advisory Board, Rabat Genizah Project; Editorial Board, Association of Jewish Libraries; International Academic Advisory Board for Sephardic Studies/Livorno, Italy; the Academic Board of Advisors, American Jewish Historical Society; Academic Advisory Board, Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

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