Paula Hyman

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Paula Hyman
Born(1946-09-30)September 30, 1946
DiedDecember 15, 2011(2011-12-15) (aged 65)
Alma materHarvard University, Columbia University
Spouse(s)Stanley H. Rosenbaum
Scientific career
FieldsHistory, Judaic Studies, Feminism
InstitutionsYale University, Columbia University

Paula Ellen Hyman (September 30, 1946 – December 15, 2011) was the Lucy Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History at Yale University and president of the American Academy for Jewish Research from 2004 to 2008.[1][2][3] She also served as the first female dean of the Seminary College of Jewish Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary from 1981 to 1986.[4] She received a PhD from Columbia University in 1975.

Hyman's research interests included topics in modern European and American Jewish history, with a special emphasis on the history of women and gender. In addition to several books on French Jewry, she has written widely on Jewish women’s history. Among her books are The Jewish Woman in America, Gender and Assimilation in Modern Jewish History, and the two-volume encyclopedia Jewish Women in America, which she co-edited with Deborah Dash Moore. She also edited and introduced Puah Rakovsky’s My Life as a Radical Jewish Woman: Memoirs of a Zionist Feminist in Poland. She was also one of the founders of the Jewish feminist group Ezrat Nashim in 1971.

In 1983, the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), the main educational institution of the Conservative movement, voted, without accompanying opinion, to ordain women as rabbis and as cantors. Paula Hyman, among others, took part in the vote as a member of the JTS faculty.


  • "Recent Trends in European Jewish Historiography," The Journal of Modern History Vol. 77, No. 2, June 2005
  • The Jews of Modern France (University of California Press, 1998)
  • Gender and Assimilation in Modern Jewish History: The Roles and Representation of Women (University of Washington Press, 1995)
  • "The Dreyfus Affair: The Visual and the Historical," The Journal of Modern History Vol. 61, No. 1, March 1989
  • "The History of European Jewry: Recent Trends in the Literature" The Journal of Modern History Vol. 54, No. 2, June 1982
  • "Immigrant Women and Consumer Protest: The New York Kosher Meat Boycott of 1902," American Jewish History Vol. 70, No. 1, September 1980
  • The Jewish Woman in America with co-authors Charlotte Baum and Sonya Michel (Plume, 1976)
  • "Joseph Salvador: Proto-Zionist or Apologist for Assimilation?" Jewish Social Studies Vol. 34, No. 1, January 1972


  1. ^ Paul Vitello, The New York Times, Paula E. Hyman, Who Sought Rights for Women in Judaism, Dies at 65, december 17, 2011
  2. ^ "Paula Hyman, Jewish Historian, Dies at 65 –". 2011-12-15. Retrieved 2011-12-15.
  3. ^ "Officers and Fellows". American Academy for Jewish Research. Accessed 24 December 2011.
  4. ^ JTA. "Jewish Feminist Paula Hyman Dies". Accessed 24 December 2011.