Associate Professor of History
Dr. Hadassa Kosak received a BA in history and political science from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a PhD in American history from CUNY. Social history, and specifically immigration and labor history, were the focus of her dissertation, which explored the encounters of Jewish immigrants in the 1880s-1900s with American social and economic practices and norms.
Dr. Kosak continues to pursue her interest in social history in courses on immigration, ethnicity, history of New York City, the New Deal and the Great Depression, and social movements in American history.
Her book CULTURES OF OPPOSITION: JEWISH IMMIGRANT WORKERS, NEW YORK CITY 1881-1905 was awarded the CHOICE Annual Outstanding Academic Title Award in 2001.
CULTURES OF OPPOSITION: JEWISH IMMIGRANT WORKERS, NEW YORK CITY 1881-1905 explores the Jewish immigrant culture characterized by confrontational public practices such as labor strikes, street parades, consumer boycotts, and rent strikes. Despite their recent arrival, these immigrants were determined to be self-conscious actors in social and political struggles. The participants forged a new Jewish identity informed by social justice, community solidarity, and effective community-wide political participation.
Beren campus - 215 Lexington Ave
Wilf campus - Furst Hall