Jonathan Zisook, PhD

  • Visiting Lecturer

Jonathan Zisook is a political and historical sociologist of religion, culture, and post-Holocaust Jewish life. Jonathan’s research has been supported by the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission, the Auschwitz Jewish Center in Oświęcim, the American Joint Distribution Committee, and others. His scholarship has appeared in several journals, including the Journal of Classical Sociology, Religious Studies Review, and Studies in Contemporary Jewry. Jonathan is currently working on a monograph on the politics of Holocaust memory in contemporary Poland and is co-editing a volume on the history and memory of National Socialist camps and killing sites.  

Education & Training

  • PhD, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2021
  • MPhil, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2018
  • MA, Yeshiva University, 2013
  • BA, Yeshiva University, 2013

Representative Publications

“The Politics of Holocaust Memory in Central and Eastern Europe: Contemporary Poland as a Comparative Case Study,” Studies in Contemporary Jewry 33 (2022)  

 “Towards a Sociological Analysis of the Synagogue Museum in Contemporary Poland,” in Museums and Identities: Planning an Extended Museum, edited by Dorota Folga-Januszewska (Warsaw and Kraków: Wilanów Palace Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków, 2020), 175-188 

Review of Adam Michnik and Agnieszka Marczyk (eds.), Against Anti-Semitism: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Polish Writings (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018), Polish-Studies.Interdisciplinary (2019),

“Disenchantment of the World: Weber, Judaism, and Maimonides,” Journal of Classical Sociology 17, no. 3 (2017): 173-190 

“Religion and Immigration,” in People of Color in the United States: Contemporary Issues in Education, Work, Communities, Health, and Immigration, edited by Alvaro Huerta (Santa Barbara: Greenwood, 2016), 292-299 

Sociology of Religion, Globalization, Societies 

Research Interests

East Central Europe 

Holocaust and Genocide Studies 

Late socialism 

Modern and contemporary Jewry 

Nationalism and populism 

Political sociology 

Race and ethnicity 

Sociology of religion