About James Nadel

I am a fourth year PhD student in the History Department of Columbia University, where I focus on Jewish and Russian History. I have studied Eastern European Jewry for the better part of a decade, especially through Yiddish language texts. My dissertation examines the lives and careers of Jewish stockbrokers throughout the Russian Empire, from Kiev to Odessa to St. Petersburg to far-off Baku.

James Benjamin Nadel is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at Columbia University.

NBN Episodes hosted by James:

Kenneth B. Moss, "An Unchosen People: Jewish Political Reckoning in Interwar Poland" (Harvard UP, 2021)

December 24, 2022

An Unchosen People

Kenneth B. Moss
Hosted by James Nadel

The early 1930s constituted an ambiguous moment for the roughly three million Jews that resided in the Polish Republic. On the one hand, as recent sch…

Federica Francesconi, "Invisible Enlighteners: The Jewish Merchants of Modena, from the Renaissance to the Emancipation" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2021)

February 14, 2022

Invisible Enlighteners

Federica Francesconi
Hosted by James Nadel

In her recent book on the Jewish community of Modena in Italy, Federica Francesconi tells a tale of contradictions. Segregated to the city’s ghetto in…