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Marjorie N. Feld

  • Professor
Academic Division: History & Society
Marjorie N. Feld's teaching and research interests include U.S. social, labor, and gender history, along with the history of global human rights movements, food justice, and sustainability. She is a member of the Academic Advisory Councils of the Jewish Women's Archive and Jewish Voice for Peace.

Her first book, Lillian Wald: A Biography, published in 2008 by University of North Carolina Press, won the Saul Viener Book Prize of the American Jewish Historical Society, an award presented biannually to an "outstanding book in American Jewish History." At Babson, she received a Nan Langowitz Women Who Make a Difference award in 2009, the Martin Luther King Leadership Award in 2014, and the Babson Pride Award in 2017. From 2011-2015, she was the faculty director for Babson's Center for Women's Leadership. Her second book, Nations Divided: American Jews and the Struggle Over Apartheid, was published by Palgrave MacMillan in July 2014. In 2019-2020, Feld was a Goldstein-Goren Fellow in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. She is at work on her third book, to be published by New York University Press, titled The Threshold of Dissent: A History of American Jewish Critics of Zionism.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Brandeis University
  • BA, Binghamton University

Academic Interest / Expertise

History and Society

Awards & Honors

  • 2022 — Babson College Service Award, Associate Deans of Faculty, Dean of College
  • 2022 — Teaching Innovation Fund, Babson College
  • 2019 — Goldstein Goren Fellowship, Goldstein Goren Center for American Jewish History in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University
  • 2018 — Deans' Award for Teaching Excellence, Babson College Deans
  • 2018 — Babson Research Scholar, Babson College
  • 2017 — Babson Pride Award, The Pride Community
  • 2014 — Martin Luther King Leadership Award, 2014, Babson College
  • 2009 — Saul Viener Book Prize of the American Jewish Historical Society for Lillian Wald: A Biography, American Jewish Historical Society
  • 2009 — Women Who Make a Difference Award, Center for Women's Leadership
  • 2005 — Babson Board of Research Course Release,
  • 1996 — Lerman Prize for Scholarship on Extraordinary Women, Women’s Studies Program, Brandeis University


Journal Articles

  • Blodgett, D.M., Feld, M.N. (2020). “Teaching an Interdisciplinary Course in Sustainable Food Systems: Science and History Meet in ‘A World That Works.’” Featured in a special issue titled “Production & Consumption". International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. Vol: December 2020. Emerald Publishing.
  • Feld, M.N., Feld, M.N. (2018). "Teaching Trans: Lessons in Inclusion and Liberation" (co-authored with Babson Student Sky Morgan). The American Historian. Issue: 18, Page: 16-17. The Organization of American Historians. link
  • Feld, M.N. (2006). Shul: A Keyword in the New Jewish Studies. Shofar. Vol: 24, Issue: 4, Page: 22-33.
  • Feld, M.N. (2005). Hometown Lessons: Lillian D. Wald and the ‘Female Dominion’ of American Reform. Women’s History Magazine. Vol: 50 , Issue: Summer 2005, Page: 9-14.
  • Feld, M.N. (in press). ‘An Actual Working Out of Internationalism’: Russian Politics, Zionism, and Lillian Wald’s Ethnic Progressivism. Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Vol: 2, Issue: 2, Page: 119-149.
  • Feld, M.N. (1999). Issue Co-editor, “Education and Consumerism”. Radical Teacher. Issue: 55.
  • Feld, M.N., Sweeney, M. (1999). Sweating the Small Stuff: Mickey, Michael and the Global Sweatshop. Radical Teacher. Issue: 55, Page: 11.
  • Feld, M.N. (1996). The ‘Mutuality’ of Society: The Life and Work of Lillian D. Wald, 1893-1919. Women’s Studies Program Working Papers Series. Brandeis University .


  • Feld, M.N. (2014). Nations Divided: American Jews and the Struggle over Apartheid. Page: 244. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Feld, M.N. (2008). Lillian D. Wald: A Biography . University of North Carolina Press.

Book Chapters

  • Feld, M.N. (2019). “‘A Straight and Not Very Long Road’: American Jews, Apartheid, and the Holocaust” : Holocaust Memory and Racism in the Postwar World. Page: 168-195. Wayne State University Press.
  • Feld, M.N. (2019). "Choosing Sides": Reclaiming Judaism. Page: 15. Interlink Publishers.
  • Duffy, S., Feld, M.N., Langowitz, N.S. (2015). The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership: Creating Gender Enlightenment On and Beyond a Business School Campus: Evolving Entrepreneurial Education: Innovation in the Babson Classroom. Page: 473-486. Emerald Publishing Group.

Book Reviews

  • Feld, M.N. (in press). Review of Seth Stern, Speaking Yiddish to Chickens: Holocaust Survivors on South Jersey Poultry Farms. American Jewish HistoryMo.
  • Feld, M.N. (2023). Review of Eric Alterman, We Are Not One: A History of America’s Fight Over Israel. Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research 48:3: July 2023.
  • Feld, M.N. (2023). Review of Nancy Woloch, The Insider: A Life of Virginia C. Gildersleeve. The Gotham Blog, City University of New York, Gotham Center for New York City History, June 2023. link
  • Feld, M.N. (2019). Review of Marc Dollinger, BLACK POWER, JEWISH POLITICS: Association of Jewish Studies Review . Vol: 43:2, Issue: November 2019, Page: 482-484. Association of Jewish Studies review.
  • Feld, M.N. (2019). Review of Shari Rabin, Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America in Journal of American Ethnic History. Vol: 38, Issue: 3, Spring 2019, Page: 128-129. Journal of American Ethnic History.
  • Feld, M.N. (2016). "Israeli Apartheid: Our South Africa Moment". Journal of the Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World. link
  • Feld, M.N. (2016). "How Intermarriage is Changing American Judaism (for the better)". H-Net Judaic, in H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences. link
  • Feld, M.N. (2006). Andrew Heinze, Jews and the American Soul: Human Nature in the 20th Century: American Studies. Vol: 47, Issue: 3-4, Page: 221-222.
  • Feld, M.N. (2004). Website of Jewish Women’s Archive, Journal of American History. Vol: 9, Issue: 12, Page: 736-737.
  • Feld, M.N. (2003). Marianne R. Sanua, Going Greek: Jewish College Fraternities in the United States, 1895-1945: American Jewish History. Vol: 91, Issue: 1, Page: 183-186.
  • Feld, M.N. (2003). Michael Staub, Torn at the Roots: The Crisis of Jewish Liberalism in Postwar America: Minnesota Review. Vol: 58-60 , Issue: November 2003, Page: 322-325.
  • Feld, M.N. (2002). Daphne Spain, How Women Saved the City: American Studies. Vol: 43, Issue: 1, Page: 187-188.
  • Feld, M.N. (2001). Margaret Finnegan, Selling Suffrage: Consumer Culture and Votes for Women : American Studies. Vol: 42, Issue: 1, Page: 177-179.
  • Feld, M.N. (2000). Robert A. Rockaway, Words of the Uprooted: Jewish Immigrants in Early Twentieth-Century America : Labor History. Vol: 41, Issue: 3, Page: 368-369.
  • Feld, M.N. (1998). Eleanor Stebner, Women of Hull House: History of Education Quarterly. Vol: 38, Issue: 4, Page: 466-468.


  • Feld, M.N. (in press). "Angel Island, Ellis Island, and American Dreams": American Historian. Issue: 2023. Organization of American Historians (OAH).
  • Feld, M.N. (2021). Interview with Ellen M. Snyder-Grenier. Co-published on the Blog of The Gotham Center for New York City History, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and the New Books Network. link
  • Feld, M.N. (2020). “No Magic Required,” Guest Blog Post about teaching in the pandemic, December 20, 2021. Teaching In Higher Ed Blog by Bonnie Stachowiak. link
  • Feld, M.N. (2020). Jewish Currents: White Supremacy and American Jewish History, December 24, 2020: American Jewish Studies and White Supremacy. Jewish Currents Magazine. link
  • Feld, M.N. (2020). "Sleepless Nights in 1918: Lillian Wald and Henry Street's First Influenza Epidemic". Henry Street Settlement. link
  • Feld, M.N. (2019). "Sight and Memory at the Crossroads": Blog of The Gotham Center for New York City History, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, November 7, 2019.. Blog of The Gotham Center for New York City History, The Graduate Center, City University of New York. link
  • Feld, M.N. (2018). "Lillian Wald" entry: Opposition to War: An Encyclopedia of United States Peace and Antiwar Movement. ABC CLIO. link
  • Feld, M.N. (2018). “Symmetry: Sylvia Bloom and Lillian Wald". Jewish Women's Archive,, and Henry Street Settlement. link
  • Feld, M.N., Diner, H. (2016). We're American Jewish Historians. This is Why We've Left Zionism Behind. Issue: Aug. 20, 2016. Ha'aretz. link
  • Feld, M.N. (2011). Biography of Lillian Wald on Henry Street Settlement Website .
  • Feld, M.N. (2010). Buying Power : Piercing It Together Tour Program.
  • Feld, M.N. (2010). Essay Contribution to Immigrant Soles Tour : Playgrounds on the Immigrant Lower East Side.
  • Feld, M.N. (2010). The Face of Child Labor : Tenement Museum Blog based on Consultancy work, online.
  • Feld, M.N. (2006). “Henry Street Settlement” entry: Encyclopedia of American Urban History. Page: 329. Sage Press.
  • Feld, M.N. (2006). “Settlement Houses” entry : Encyclopedia Judaica. Vol: 18, Issue: 2nd Ed, Page: 320. Keter Publishing House.
  • Feld, M.N. (2005). “Lillian D. Wald” Entry: The Encyclopedia of New York State. Page: 1648. Syracuse University Press.
  • Feld, M.N. (1999). Website Co-author, “Lillian D. Wald,” Women of Valor Project: Jewish Women’s Archive. link
  • Feld, M.N. (1998). “Sophie Loeb” entry : American National Biography. Page: L:818-820. Oxford University Press.
  • Feld, M.N. (1997). “Lillian D. Wald” entry: Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia. Issue: 2, Page: 1446-1449. Routledge.
  • Feld, M.N. (1997). “Sophie Loeb” entry : Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia. Page: 1:869-870. Routledge.


  • “The Tulsa Experiential Learning Project at Babson College,” co-presenter with Natalie Joseph, Director of Multicultural and International Programs Feld, M. Joseph, N. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Virtual Summit, Online (2023)
  • “Books and Communicating Outside Academe" Feld, M. Babson Research Day, Babson College (2022)
  • “‘The good cause for which we must martyr ourselves’: American Jewish Zionism and Coalitions for Justice" Feld, M. American Jewish Political Thought – At Home and Abroad: Digital Annual Conference of the Dubnow Institute, Leipzig, Germany (on zoom) (2021)
  • “Henry Hurwitz and William Zukerman ‘In the Forefront of Liberalism’: American Jews and Debates over Zionism in the 1950s" Feld, M. 2020 Biennial Conference on American Jewish History (cancelled due to COVID-19), New York City (2020)
  • “Lillian Wald at Home: Rochester, Henry Street, Westport and the World" Feld, M. Invited Talk, Westport Library, May 8, 2020 (via Zoom), Westport, Connecticut (2020)
  • Invited Conversation on Nations Divided: American Jews and the Struggle over Apartheid Feld, M. Graduate class titled America and the Jews: Recent Scholarship on An Historic Encounter, April 28, 2020 (via Zoom), New York University (Via Zoom due to COVID-19) (2020)
  • "Lillian Wald at Home" Feld, M. Invited Multi-media presentation, K’hal Breira Congregation Shabbat Service, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2020)
  • "Leaving Zion" Feld, M. Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University, Manhattan USA (2019)
  • Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism book talk with 5 co-contributors Feld, M. Invited book talk with five co-contributors to Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2019)
  • "Lillian Wald's Birthday" Feld, M. Women’s History Month Podcast on This Day in History Class by IHeartRadio, “Lillian Wald’s Birthday,” March 10, 2019., Online (2019)
  • Integrated Sustainability: Panel on Course Collaboration for Integrated Sustainability Blodgett, D. Feld, M. Babson Research Day, Babson College (2019)
  • "Lillian Wald: American Progressive" Feld, M. Association of Jewish Studies Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (2018)
  • “Segregation, Zionism, and Justice: William Zukerman and the Jewish Newsletter in the 1950s U.S." Feld, M. Jewish Identity, The Holocaust, and Anti-Racist Struggles since 1945, London, UK (2018)
  • The History of Henry Street Settlement Feld, M. Open House New York Podcast, New York City (2018)
  • Lillian Wald, "Nevertheless, She Persisted," on the 125th Anniversary of Henry Street Settlement Feld, M. Invited Panel Presentation, Manhattan (2018)
  • "What Do We Mean When We Talk about Jewish Politics?" Feld, M. Association of Jewish Studies Annual Meeting, Washington DC (2017)
  • “Dissent, Jewishness, and Teaching Israel/Palestine in the American Academy” Feld, M. American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (2017)
  • "Lillian Wald: Lessons on Immigration" Feld, M. Invited Talk, Congregation Dorshei Tzedek, Newton, MA (2017)
  • "Lillian Wald: Lessons on Immigration" (same talk at at Congregation Dorshei Tzedek) Feld, M. Invited Talk, Westwood Public Library, Westwood, MA (2017)
  • “Jewish Women, Zionism, and Apartheid" Feld, M. Association of Jewish Studies Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts (2015)
  • "The Oneness of the Jewish People": Jews, Civil Rights and Apartheid in the U.S. and South Africa" Feld, M. American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada (2015)
  • Book talk on NATIONS DIVIDED Feld, M. Congregation Dorshei Tzedek, Newton, Massachusetts (2015)
  • Apartheid and Liberation: African Americans, Jews, and the Anti-apartheid Movement Feld, M. Blacks, Jews, and Social Justice in America, Waltham, MA (2014)
  • Ethnic Ties, Community Spaces: Lillian Wald, Henry Street, and the Spirit of Progressive Reform Feld, M. Meeting of Educators at Tenement Museum, New York, NY (2013)
  • South Africa Needs Friends, Jewish Confrontations with Apartheid in the US and South Africa Feld, M. American Studies Association Annual Meeting , San Juan, Puerto Rico (2012)
  • The Universal Quest to be Human, Jewish Women's Struggle with Apartheid in the United States and South Africa Feld, M. Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (2011)
  • American Jews and Apartheid Feld, M. Annual Conference of the Association of Jewish Studies , Los Angeles, CA (2009)
  • Henry Street: Then and Now Feld, M. Academic Angles panel presentation, New York City, New York (2009)
  • Jewish Inclusion: Feminism and Contemporary America Jews Feld, M. Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Minneapolis, MN (2008)
  • Sexism is a Sin: Feminism and American Jewish Life in the 21st Century Feld, M. Biennial Conference in American Jewish History, Charleston, SC (2006)
  • Ethnic Progressivism: Lillian D. Wald and the ‘Female Dominion of American Reform Feld, M. Women’s History Network Annual Meeting, Kingston-Upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, UK (2004)
  • Lillian Wald’s Hometown Lessons Feld, M. The 350th Anniversary of Jewish Culture in America, Henry Street Settlement, New York City, NY (2004)
  • Shul: A Keyword in the New Jewish Studies Feld, M. American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT (2003)
  • ‘An Actual Working Out of Internationalism’: Lillian Wald’s Mutuality Abroad and at Home Feld, M. American Historical Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2002)
  • Lillian Wald and the Progressive Networks of New York Feld, M. Conference on New York State History, New York City, NY (2000)
  • Jewish Women in Reform Movements Feld, M. Standing Before Us: A Celebration of the Accomplishments of Unitarian Universalist Women, Boston, MA (2000)
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