Jeffrey Blutinger

Jeffrey Blutinger, Ph.D.

Dr. Blutinger

Director, Jewish Studies
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1984 (English Literature)
J.D., UCLA School of Law, 1988
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1997 (History)
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2003 (History)
Contact Information:
562 985-2196
Office: FO2-210
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd., MS 1601
Long Beach, CA 90840-1601

Dr. Blutinger received his Ph.D. in History from UCLA in 2003 for his dissertation on the nineteenth-century Jewish historian Heinrich Graetz. His research interests lie at the intersection of Jewish intellectual and cultural history, and he has published articles on such topics as the attempt to reconcile science and faith in a nineteenth-century Hebrew language journal, the origins of the term “orthodox” as a denominational label, post-communist Holocaust memorialization, and the teaching of the Holocaust in Israeli schools in 1960 (submitted). He is currently working on several book projects, including a source book on modern Jewish historiography, an intellectual history of Heinrich Graetz, and a study of two murder trials in the 1920s.

Research Interests
  • Modern Jewish History
  • Jewish Historiography
  • Zionism and Jewish Nationalism
  • Holocaust Memorialization
Selected Publications
  • “‘So-Called Orthodoxy’: the History of an Unwanted Label,” Modern Judaism (July 2007).
  • “Bearing Witness: Teaching the Holocaust from a Victim-Centered Perspective,” The History Teacher, (forthcoming).
  • Book Review, “Louis Rose: San Diego’s First Jewish Settler and Entrepreneur,” in Southern California Quarterly, Vol. 88, No. 2 (Summer 2006).
  • Book Review, “Auschwitz: A New History” in The History Teacher, Vol. 39, No. 4 (August 2006), 552-553.