Sebastian Hoepfner

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Ph.D. student at the University of Passau 
Fellow of the Bavarian American Academy and the Harvard Club of Munich in Fall 2008. 
2007 Diploma in Languages, International Cultural and Business Studies, University of Passau, Germany (top 1 per cent of graduating class). 
2005 Certificate in Political Studies (CEP), Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) de Toulouse, France. 
Born in 1983.



Jewish Organizations in Transatlantic Perspective: Three Patterns of Contemporary Jewish Politics in Germany, France, and the United States 

This is a dissertation about the origins and effects of three basic patterns in contemporary Jewish politics. It is also about the role that Jewish organizations have played in the political systems of three major Western democracies. The intersection of both aspects provides the analytical focus for this study. The analysis centers on the development and political trends of organized Jewry inGermany,France and theUnited States in the period since World War II. In highlighting the similarities and differences in contemporary Jewish organizations from a transatlantic perspective, this dissertation is intended to show that there is neither a universal «Jewish way» to organize nor a consistent pattern of Jewish politics across space and time. It is also intended to contribute to the understanding of the policy and politics of Jewish organizations in those countries today.