Wendy Soltz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and History

Program: History, Religious Studies

Phone: 419-783-2523

Email: wsoltz@defiance.edu

Wendy Soltz


Jewish history, public history, history of education in the US, race and ethnicity in the US, and historic preservation


"Jewish Refugee Professors and Desegregation Activism at Liberal Arts Colleges and Southern Folk Schools in North Carolina and Tennessee, 1930-1950." American Jewish Historical Society Biennial Scholars' Conference, Atlanta, GA., 2014

"Racism across the Atlantic: Jewish refugees and their response to integrated education in the South, 1933-1947." Midwest Jewish Studies Colloquium, Columbus, OH, 2013

"Driven out of Europe and into North Carolina: Heinrich Jalowetz and Edward Lowinsky at Black Mountain College." Southern Jewish Historical Society Annual Conference, Asheville, NC, 2012

"Beyond the New York intellectual: Jewish refugees and homosexuals at Black Mountain College, NC." Re-Viewing Black Mountain College: An International Conference at University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC, 2009


"Just Miles Away but Worlds Apart: Examining Jewish Participation in Integration Programs at Black Mountain College and Highlander Folk School, 1933-1964," Association for Jewish Studies Review 41:1, 203-233 (2017)

"Lawrence Halprin and Two Modern Spaces," Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective 9:10 (July, 2016)

"A Rude Awakening in Indiana's Marshmallow Country." (The 125th anniversary of Ahavath Sholom in Ligonier), Jewish Daily Forward (September 30, 2014, web; October 3, 2014, print)

"What Has Become of the Historic Synagogues of Indiana?" Jewish Daily Forward (September 30, 2014, web; October 3, 2014, print)

"Reconciling Worlds: The Work of Soviet Artist Yefim Ladyzhensky," Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, Washington, D.C. (2007)


Indiana Landmarks & Indiana Humanities Historic Preservation Education Grant, 2018-2019
Ohio State Department of History Writing Semester Award, 2015
Ohio State Office of Diversity and Inclusion Award, 2014
Ohio State Department of History Research Award, 2014
Melton Center for Jewish Studies Research Award, 2014
Indiana Historical Bureau, Historical Marker: 1889 Ahavath Sholom Synagogue, 2014
American Academy for Jewish Research Grant, 2014
American Jewish Archives Marcus Center Fellowship, 2014
Association for Jewish Studies Berman Foundation Honorable Mention, 2013-2014
George M. and Renée K. Levine Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Studies, 2012-2013
Indiana Landmarks Endangered Places Grant, 1889 Ahavath Sholom synagogue, 2012
National Endowment for the Humanities American Lyceum Fellowship, 2011
Council of American Jewish Museums Dorot Fellowship, 2008
Washington D.C. Commission on the Arts Grant, 2008


Ph.D. in Modern Jewish, US, and Public History, Ohio State University (2016)
M.A. in Near East and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University (2007)
M.A. in Anthropology and Museum Studies, George Washington University (2004)
B.A. in Anthropology, Indiana University (2000)