Shuly Rubin Schwartz is the Irving Lehrman Research Associate Professor of American Jewish History and Walter and Sarah Schlesinger Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies at The Jewish Theological Seminary.
Dr. Schwartz has served since 1993 as dean of List College, JTS's undergraduate school. During this time, she has strengthened List College's dual-degree programs with Columbia University and Barnard College, enhancing the way List College prepares students and alumni to serve as leaders in a wide range of fields. Her most recent initiatives include the yearlong intensive Fellowship in Jewish Social Entrepreneurship and JustCity, a 12-day high school summer program-both of which build upon JTS's tradition of social justice engagement. As dean of The Gershon Kekst Graduate School, Dr. Schwartz's spearheaded the creation of a new MA program in Jewish Ethics, the first of its kind in the United States. Studying both theoretical and applied Jewish ethics, students will develop the skills to apply the Jewish moral tradition to better serve the fields in which they work and the world around them.
Her book The Rabbi's Wife: The Rebbetzin in American Jewish Life won the National Jewish Book Award in the area of Modern Jewish Thought. She is also the author of The Emergence of Jewish Scholarship in America: The Publication of the Jewish Encyclopedia and numerous articles on modern Jewish life, including groundbreaking research into the founding of the Ramah Camping Movement. She serves on the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society and the academic advisory boards of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Hadassah Research Institute on Jewish Women, and Jewish Women's Archive.
Dr. Schwartz lectures widely on American Jewish life, the Jewish family, and Jewish women's studies. Sample lecture topics include "Fiddler at Fifty: The Power of American Jewish Culture," "From the Pews to the Pew Study: How Our Past Can/Can't Inform Our Future as American Jews," and "They Married What They Wanted to Be: Rebbetzins in American Jewish Life."
A third-generation JTS graduate, Dr. Schwartz received her BA from Barnard College and her MA and PhD from JTS.