Yair Mintzker

Professor of History; Behrman Professor in the Humanities Council




G-32 Dickinson Hall



Yair Mintzker is a specialist in the history of early modern and modern Germany, and the author or editor of four books and many articles in the field. His latest monograph, The Many Deaths of Jew Süss (Princeton UP, 2017) is a retelling of the trial and execution of Joseph Süss Oppenheimer, the notorious “Jew Süss.” The book won the National Jewish Book Award in History and was chosen by the Financial Times as one of the best books of 2017. Hebrew and German translations are forthcoming.

Mintzker began his three-year term as a Behrman Professor in the Humanities in the Spring of 2022 and is directing the Humanities Sequence for 2022-2023 . He previously taught HUM 218/219, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture I: Literature and the Arts, History, Philosophy and Religion in the Spring of 2020.


See full bio on the History Department website.

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