A scholar of American immigration and American Jewish history, Dr. Soyer has written on the history of ethnic fraternalism, immigrant autobiographies, immigrant transnationalism, Jews in New York City, the garment industry, and New York City politics.
His book with Annie Polland, The Emerging Metropolis: New York Jews in the Age of Immigration, 1840-1920 (NYU Press, 2012), is volume two of the three-volume City of Promises: A History of the Jews of New York, which won a number of honors, including the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Book of the Year. His other books include (with Jocelyn Cohen) My Future Is in America: Autobiographies of Eastern European Jewish Immigrants (NYU Press, 2006), an anthology of translations from the Yiddish; A Coat of Many Colors: Immigration, Globalization, and Reform in the New York City Garment Industry (Fordham University Press, 2005); and Jewish Immigrant Associations and American Identity in New York, 1880-1939 (Harvard, 1997; paperback, Wayne State University Press, 2001), winner of the Saul Viener Award of the American Jewish Historical Society and the Thomas J. Wilson Prize of Harvard University Press. In addition to chapters in a number of edited volumes, he has published articles in such journals as Labor History, Journal of American Ethnic History, Religion and American Culture, American Jewish History, Jewish Social Studies, New York History, and American Communist History.
Dr. Soyer has advised or curated a variety of film and exhibition projects at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, WNET-TV, the Museum of the City of New York, the Center for Jewish History, and elsewhere, and is a member of the academic council of the American Jewish Historical Society. He has had several moments of fame, resulting from an appearance on the television series “History Detectives,” from being quoted by Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers: The Story of Success (2008), and from being featured in the New York Times article about New Yorkers with deep roots in the city.
At Fordham, Dr. Soyer teaches Understanding Historical Change: American History, as well as courses on US immigration, urban, New York City, and Jewish history.
Dr. Soyer was recently interviewed in Fordham News concerning his book Jewish New York: The Remarkable Story of a City and a People (NYU Press, 2017), which he co-authored with five other scholars. Read the article, Tracing the History of Jewish Immigrants and Their Impact on New York City.