|Born||26 December 1952|
New York City, NY
|Spouse(s)||Nancy Lynn Katzman|
|Children||2, Adam and Philip|
|Alma mater||Abraham Lincoln High School|
Cornell University (AB)
University of Chicago (PhD)
|Doctoral advisor||Leonard Krieger|
|Institutions||University of Missouri|
|Main interests||Modern Germany|
Jonathan Sperber (born 26 December 1952) is an American academic and historian who is a professor emeritus at the University of Missouri and author of modern European History.
Early life and academic career
Jonathan Sperber was born on 26 December 1952 in New York City, to Louis and Ruth Sperber. He attended the Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn. Sperber was an undergraduate at Cornell University from 1969 to 1973 and went to graduate school at the University of Chicago. While there, he studied with historian Leonard Krieger. He received his Ph.D. from Chicago in 1980. He was an archivist at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York from 1979 to 1982, and, after a brief visiting professorship at Northwestern University from 1982 to1984, went to work at the University of Missouri in 1984, where he still resides. At Missouri, he was assistant professor (1984–87), associate professor (1987–92) and professor of history (1992–2003). He was appointed Curators’ Professor of History in 2003, and served as chair of the history department between 2005–2010. He is a member of the German Studies Association and the American Historical Association.
Sperber has written a number of books on the political, social and religious history of nineteenth-century Europe. His 2013 book Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life was critically well-reviewed, which the New York Times described as an "absorbing, meticulously researched biography". The book was a 2014 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Biography.
Sperber is married to Nancy Lynn Katzman with two sons, Adam and Philip.
- German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship, 1976-78, 1986, 1999
- Visiting Research Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung at the University of Cologne, 1987-88
- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1988-89
- American Philosophical Society Fellow, 1994
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow for college and university teachers, 2001-02
- Popular Catholicism in Nineteenth-Century Germany (Princeton University Press, 1984, ISBN 9780691054322)
- Rhineland Radicals: The Democratic Movement and the Revolution of 1848-1849 (Princeton University Press, 1992, ISBN 9780691008660)
- The Kaiser's Voters: Electors and Elections in Imperial Germany (Cambridge University Press, 1997, ISBN 9780521591386)
- Revolutionary Europe, 1780-1850 (Routledge, 2000, ISBN 9780582294462)
- Property and Civil Society in South-Western Germany 1820-1914 (Oxford University Press, 2005, ISBN 9780199284757)
- The European Revolutions, 1848-1851 (New Approaches to European History) (Cambridge University Press, 2005, ISBN 9780521547796)
- Europe 1850-1914: Progress, Participation and Apprehension (Routledge, 2008, ISBN 9781405801348)
- Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life (Liveright, 2013, ISBN 9780871404671)
- The Age of Interconnection: A Global History of the Second Half of the Twentieth Century (Oxford University Press, 2021/22)
- "Missouri University profile for Jonathan Sperber". Archived from the original on 20 October 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
- Freedland, Jonathan (29 March 2013). "New York Times book review of Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 15 September 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
- "The 2014 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Biography". Archived from the original on 2017-06-02.
- Sperber, Jonathan (10 October 2016). "The Age of Interconnection: A Global History of the Second Half of the Twentieth Century". ResearchGate.