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Dean P. Bell

Dean P. Bell

Provost and Vice President | Professor of History

Dean P. Bell is Provost, Vice President, and Professor of History at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. He has taught at DePaul University, Northwestern University, Hebrew Theological College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Bell has served as President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Jewish Studies. He is a widely published author in the areas of Medieval and Early Modern Jewish history.

His current research focuses on early modern cultural responses to natural disaster and severe weather.

Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies
Jewish Studies

PhD, University of California, Berkeley
MA, University of California, Berkeley
BA, University of Chicago


  • The Bloomsbury Companion to Jewish Studies 
  • Jews in the Early Modern World 
  • Jewish Identity in Early Modern Germany: Memory, Power and Community 
  • Jews, Judaism and the Reformation in Sixteenth-Century Germany (edited by Dean P. Bell and Stephen G. Burnett) 
  • Sacred Communities: Jewish and Christian Identities in Fifteenth-Century Germany

Research Interests

Jewish Studies
Jewish Professional Studies
Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History


Jewish Historiography
History of Antisemitism
Jewish Studies for the Communal Professional
Medieval Jewish History
Early Modern Jewish History
Early Modern Responses to Natural Disaster
Introduction to Jewish Studies