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Dr. Arnold Dashefsky

Dr. Arnold Dashefsky earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees at Temple University and a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Minnesota as well as a B.H.L. at Gratz College (Philadelphia). He also studied at the Hebrew University and Hayim Greenberg College in Jerusalem. Prior to his position at the University of Connecticut, Arnie taught at Temple, Penn State-Ogontz, and Minnesota. Arnie is past president of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, an international organization, and is also past editor of its journal, Contemporary Jewry. He also served on the Board of Directors and as Secretary-Treasurer of the Association for Jewish Studies, an international organization. A former Associate Head of the Sociology Department, he currently serves as the founding Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, located in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, as well as the Director of the Berman Institute – North American Jewish Data Bank, along with being the inaugural holder of the Doris and Simon Konover Chair of Judaic Studies. Dashefsky also sits on the International Academic Board of Advisors of ISGAP, the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy.