Prof. Michał T. Galas

Prof. Michał T. Galas is the head of the Department of History of Judaism and Jewish Literatures and also he directs the Marcell and Maria Roth Center for the Research on the History and Culture of Polish Jewry and Polish-Jewish Relations at Institute of Jewish Studies of the Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland). He served in 2016-2020 as the director of the Institute of Jewish Studies; 2010-2018 as the president of the Polish Association for Jewish Studies; and in 2014-2018 the treasurer of the European Association for Jewish Studies.

He was  Fulbright Fellow at the University of Brandeis (2002/3), and the Visiting Professor at the University of Rochester NY (2006, 2013) and Tel Aviv University (2012).


Author and editor of many studies related to religious history of Jews in Poland and modern Judaism, among others:

Nie tylko Kroke. Historia Żydów krakowskich, edited by Edyta Gawron and Michał Galas (Wydawnictwo Literackie, Kraków 2022);

Rabbi Marcus Jastrow and His Vision of the Reform of Judaism: A Study in the History of Judaism in the Nineteenth Century (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2013);

Jews in Kraków. Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, vol. 23, edited by Michał Galas and Antony Polonsky, (Oxford: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2011, 2016);

Z dziejów i kultury Żydów w Galicji, edited by  Michał Galas &  Wacław Wierzbieniec, (Rzeszów 2018);

Wieża Dawida. Chasydzi lelowscy, edited by Michał Galas & Mirosław Skrzypczyk, (Wydawnictwo Austeria, Kraków-Budapeszt-Syrakuzy, 2018);

A Romantic Polish-Jew. Rabbi Ozjasz Thon from Various Perspective, edited by Michał Galas & Shoshana Ronen, (Jagiellonian University Press, Kraków 2015).

He was also a member of Editorial Board of The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, New Heaven – London: Yale University Press 2008.

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