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Daniel Soyer

Daniel Soyer

Professor of History
Office: Collins B37


New York University, PhD in History, 1994

New York University, MA in History, 1985

New York University, Certificate in Archival Management, 1986

Oberlin College, AB in Government, l979

Union College, Attended, 1975-1976.

Columbia University, Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture, Attended, 1975-1976, 1978

Research Interests

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.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

  • HIST 3804 - The City in American History
  • HIST 3806 - U.S. Immigration/Ethnicity
  • HIST 3808 - New York City Politics
  • HIST 3809 - Jews in the Modern World
  • HIST 3862 - History of New York City
  • HIST 3863 - New York as a Catholic and Jewish City

Graduate Courses

  • HIST 5725 - History of American Cities
  • HIST 6731 - U.S. Immigration and Ethnicity
  • HIST 6732 - New York City Politics

Curriculum Vitae