Michael Brenner is Professor of Jewish History and Culture at the University of Munich. He taught previously at Indiana University and Brandeis University and was visiting professor at the universities of Stanford, Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Budapest, Haifa, Paris, and Lucerne. In 2007/08 he served as the Ina Levine Invitational Scholar of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. He is the International Vice-President of the Leo Baeck Institute and a member of the Bavarian Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Among his book publications are A Short History of The Jews (Princeton UP 2010, German 2008, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish translations), Prophets of the Past: Interpreters of Jewish History (Princeton UP 2010, German 2006), Zionism: A Brief History (2003, German 2002, Italian and Korean translations), The Renaissance of Jewish Culture in Weimar Germany (1996, German and Hebrew translations), and After the Holocaust: Rebuilding Jewish Lives in Postwar Germany (1997, German 1995). He is co-author of the four-volume German-Jewish History in Modern Times (1996-98).
While at AICGS in February-March 2011, Prof. Dr. Brenner will be working on a project titled “German Foreign Policy and the Role of the Jewish Community.”