Maxwell Ezra Greenberg

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Maxwell Ezra Greenberg

Friedman Postdoctoral Fellow

Cohort 2014-15


Curriculum Vitae


Maxwell E. Greenberg is a Friedman Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He earned his PhD in Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is interested in Jewish histories of the Americas, transnational/border networks, race and ethnicity. Maxwell’s dissertation research employs traditional archival methods to trace untraditional/de-centered histories: Jewish immigration, settlement and racialization in the US-Mexico border region between the late 19th – 20th centuries. He is the 2019-2020 Scholar-In-Residence at the Jewish History Museum in Tucson, Arizona and was awarded the 2018-2019 Jack H Skirball Fellowship in Modern Jewish Culture through UCLA’s Center for Jewish Studies. Maxwell’s work has been featured in Jewish Currents and PRTCLS on the topics of Jewishness in the Americas, race, gender and borders. He holds a B.A. in Spanish Literature from Kenyon College and an M.A. in Chicana/o Studies from UCLA.


  • CPhil, Chicana/o Studies, UCLA (2021)
  • Graduate Certificate, Urban Humanities, UCLA (2018)
  • MA, Chicana/o Studies, UCLA (2016)
  • BA, Spanish Literature, Kenyon College (2011) 


  • Modern history of Jewish immigration and settlement in the US-Mexico Border Region
  • Colonization, Western Expansion
  • Anti-Semitism and racialization in relational contexts

Selected Publications

  • “The Mexican Mahjar of the Borderlands,” 100 Years of Sephardic Los Angeles. UCLA’s Alan D Leve Center for Jewish Studies, 2020.
  • “Here’s Why Mexican and Jewishness Have Always Been a Thing” (Mitú, 2017)
  • “Anxiety at the Archive” (Protocols, Issue 3: BORDERS, Fall 2018)
  • “Ocasio-Cortez’s Jewish Heritage Isn’t About You,” (Jewish Currents, January 2019)
  • “The Price of Whiteness between Mexico and the US: Jews and Race in the Borderlands,” (forthcoming book chapter: Jews in the Multicultural West, ed. Ellen Eisenberg)
  • “Jewish Legality and Mobility between Mexico and the US” (forthcoming sourcebook, “Jews Across the Americas: 1492-Present”)

Honors & Awards

  • Feinstein Center for American Jewish History Summer Fellowship (2020)
  • Scholar-In-Residence, Jewish History Museum in Tucson, Arizona (2019-2020)
  • Jack H Skirball Fellowship in Modern Jewish Culture (2018-2019)
  • American Academy for Jewish Research Summer Fellow (2019)


  • Jewish History in the US-Mexico Borderlands (Skirball Cultural Center, Spring 2019)
  • Jews in the US-Mexico Borderlands (Jewish History Museum of Tucson, Winter 2020)
  • How the Border Makes Race (UCLA, Chicana/o Studies, Spring 2020)