Karl Jacoby

422 Hamilton Hall

Karl Jacoby
Co-Director of CSER, Allan Nevins Professor of American History

Professor Jacoby received his A.B. in 1987 from Brown University and his Ph.D. in American history in 1997 from Yale University. After a year as a visiting assistant professor at Oberlin College, he returned to Brown as an assistant professor of history in 1999 and was named full professor in 2009. In the fall of 2012, he moved to Columbia University, where he currently serves as the Allan Nevins professor of American History and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER). He is the author of three award-winning books, Crimes Against Nature: Squatters, Poachers, Thieves, and the Hidden History of American Conservation (University of California Press, 2003), Shadows at Dawn: A Borderlands Massacre and the Violence of History (Penguin Press, 2008), and The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave who became a Mexican Millionaire (W.W. Norton, 2016) as well as numerous essays and reviews. He has held Fellowships from Guggenheim Foundation, The Huntington Library, The Cullman Center and The National Endowment for the Humanities.

Karl Jacoby
Karl Jacoby
Co-Director of CSER, Allan Nevins Professor of American History

422 Hamilton Hall

Professor Jacoby received his A.B. in 1987 from Brown University and his Ph.D. in American history in 1997 from Yale University. After a year as a visiting assistant professor at Oberlin College, he returned to Brown as an assistant professor of history in 1999 and was named full professor in 2009. In the fall of 2012, he moved to Columbia University, where he currently serves as the Allan Nevins professor of American History and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER). He is the author of three award-winning books, Crimes Against Nature: Squatters, Poachers, Thieves, and the Hidden History of American Conservation (University of California Press, 2003), Shadows at Dawn: A Borderlands Massacre and the Violence of History (Penguin Press, 2008), and The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave who became a Mexican Millionaire (W.W. Norton, 2016) as well as numerous essays and reviews. He has held Fellowships from Guggenheim Foundation, The Huntington Library, The Cullman Center and The National Endowment for the Humanities.

CSER continues to be Columbia's main interdisciplinary space for the study of ethnicity and race and their implications for thinking about culture, power, hierarchy, social identities, and political communities. The Center also offers a wide range of public programming, including Artist at the Center, Indigenous Forum, and Latino Public Speaker Series and the Transnational Asian/American Speaker Series. CSER's most recent spaces include the Media and Idea Lab and Gallery at the Center, a space dedicated to curating artistic and thematic exhibits around the Center’s key areas of interest.
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