Dr. David Dalin, an ordained rabbi and widely published scholar of American Jewish history and Jewish-Christian relations, has taught Jewish studies at several universities. He has been a Visiting Professor at George Washington University and at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and has been the Taube Research Fellow in American History at Stanford University. During the 2002-2003 academic year, he was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. Since then, he has been a member of Princeton University’s James Madison Society.
Dr. David Dalin received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University, and also received his Rabbinic ordination and a second M.A. from the Jewish Theological Seminary. In 2015, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Jewish Theological Seminary. For sixteen years he served on the Editorial Board of the journal Conservative Judaism.
Prior to entering academia, Dr. David Dalin served as the Assistant Director of the San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council. He now serves on the Academic Advisory Council of the American Jewish Historical Society, the Academic Council of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach County (Florida) Region of the American Jewish Committee.
Dr. David Dalin has received two research fellowships from the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, and has been an Adjunct Scholar at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. During 2017, he is a Research Fellow at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, in Mount Vernon, Virginia.
Dr. David Dalin is the author, co-author or editor of eleven previous books, including Religion and State in the American Jewish Experience (co-authored with Jonathan D. Sarna), which in 1998 was selected by CHOICE magazine as one of the Outstanding Academic Books of 1997.
Considered to be one of the country’s leading authorities on American Jewish-Presidential relations, he is the co-author of the book The Presidents of the United States and the Jews, published in 2000, and author of the seminal article on “Presidents, Presidents Appointments and America’s Jews,” that was published in the 2001 book Jews in American Politics, edited by L. Sandy Maisel and Ira N. Forman. His article on “Jews and the American Presidency,” appeared in the 2008 book Religion, Race and the American Presidency.
Dr. Dalin is the co-author a book about the Mufti of Jerusalem, Icon of Evil: Hitler’s Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam, that was published by Random House in 2008, and was on the San Francisco Chronicle Best-Seller list for several weeks. The Introduction to the paperback edition of Icon of Evil was written by Professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School.
Dr. Dalin’s new book, Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court, from Brandeis to Kagan – Their Lives and Legacies, which is to be published by Brandeis University Press on April 4, 2017, is the first history of the eight Jewish men and women who have served or who currently serve as justices of the United States Supreme Court.
His numerous articles and book reviews have appeared in a variety of publications, including American Jewish History, Commentary, Moment, Modern Judaism, Conservative Judaism, Journal of Reform Judaism, Hadassah Magazine, Religious Studies Review, First Things, the Weekly Standard, the American Jewish Year Book and the Jewish Review of Books.
Dr. Dalin has lectured extensively on American Jewish history and politics, Jewish-Christian relations, Jews and Baseball and contemporary Jewish affairs. He has served as a featured speaker or Scholar-in-Residence at universities, synagogues and Jewish communal institutions throughout the United States, Europe and Israel.