Michael A. Shmidman, Ph.D.

Dean and Victor J. Selmanowitz Professor of Medieval Jewish History

Michael A. Shmidman, Ph.D., has been dean of the Graduate School of Jewish Studies since 1986. He also holds the Victor J. Selmanowitz Chair in Jewish history and is editor-in-chief of the Touro College Press.

A Brooklyn native born into a rabbi's family, Dr. Shmidman is both an ordained rabbi and a scholar of Jewish studies. Prior to joining Touro in 1981 as director of the then-fledgling Graduate School of Jewish Studies, he taught at Yeshiva University and the University of Cincinnati.

Shmidman's academic areas of specialization are medieval Jewish history and Maimonidean studies. He co-authored a two-volume textbook entitled Law and Philosophy: Perspectives on Maimonides’ Teaching and edited Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought from 2001 to 2004.

Shmidman received a Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages and civilizations from Harvard University in 1980.

Read a profile of Dean Shmidman from Touro Links, the publication of the Division of Graduate Studies. You can also listen to past lectures by Dean Shmidman via YUTorah Online.