Eric Fleisch

Eric Fleisch

Eric Fleisch

Assistant Professor
Undergraduate Officer
314 Weaver Building


My main research interests include Israel Studies, American Jewish history, philanthropy, and non-profit sector studies. I am currently finishing the manuscript for my first book, Checkbook Zionism: Philanthropy and Power in the Israel-Diaspora Relationship. Prior to joining the Jewish Studies Program at Penn State, I taught at Lehigh University and Brandeis University. When I am not teaching or writing, I enjoy spending time with my wife and three young kids.

Recent Courses:

  • JST 10: Jewish Civilizations
  • JST/PS/Soc/Anth 60: Society and Culture in Modern Israel
  • JST/Hist 140: Israel-Palestine
  • JST/Soc/Anth 457: Jewish Communities: Identity, Survival, and Transformation in Unexpected Places

Teaching Interests:

  • Israeli History
  • Contemporary Jewish History
  • Modern Middle East
  • Terrorism

Education Details:

Ph.D., Brandeis University, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, 2014
Eric Fleisch