The essays collected here are evidence of how the Trump regime can be critically clarifying for Jewish studies, offering us—scholars if not Jews—an opportunity to think about the ways identity operates for and circulates through the Jewish studies field. As Neil Levi and Michael Rothberg point out in their Introduction, the Trump era’s juxtaposition of resurgent antisemitism (often dog-whistled or encouraged, if not in fact openly expressed, by Trump himself) and so many Jews in his inner circle (I hesitate to say “brain trust”) is, at least initially, cognitively dissonant for scholars raised on liberal commonplaces. They direct us to examine the historical forces at work that have expressed themselves in recent years.

If white supremacy has arguably been fair disciplinary game for Jewish studies scholarship for as long as there’s been a professional association for Jewish studies scholars (even if that association was initially more interested in ancient scholarly...

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