Ira M. Sheskin, Ph.D.
(Ohio State University, 1977)

CHAIR AND PROFESSOR

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Professor Sheskin is widely recognized for his work on the geography and demography of the American Jewish community. His areas of expertise involve the collection, analysis, and presentation of quantitative data. Much of his work can be found at www.jewishdatabank.org. He is the editor of the American Jewish Year Book and authors the annual article in that volume on the number of Jews in the United States. He also authors Comparisons of Jewish Communities: A Compendium of Tables and Bar Charts which compares measures of demography and religiosity among 55 American Jewish communities. He has authored over 40 studies of Jewish communities across the United States. He is past Chair of both the Transportation Geography and Ethnic Geography Specialty Groups of the Association of American Geographers and serves on the Board of the Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference.


FEATURE ARTICLES

A demographic approach from e-Veritas


REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS:

Arnold Dashefsky and Ira M. Sheskin. (Editors) The American Jewish Year Book, 2014 (Dordrecht: Springer).

2014 Greater Miami Jewish Federation Population Study: A Portrait of Jewish Miami (2015) (Miami: The Greater Miami Jewish Federation).

Ira M. Sheskin and Arnold Dashefsky. “Jewish Population in the United States, 2014,” in Arnold Dashefsky and Ira M. Sheskin. (Editors) The American Jewish Year Book, 2014, Volume 114 (2014) (Dordrecht: Springer) pp. 215-283.

Ira M. Sheskin and Harriet Hartman. “The Facts about Intermarriage,” Journal of Jewish Identities, Volume 8, Number 1 (2015) pp.51-73.

James Forrest and Ira M. Sheskin. “Strands of Diaspora: The Resettlement Experience of Jewish Immigrants to Australia,” Journal of International Migration and Integration on-line, July 2014. DOI: 10.1007/s12134-014-0370-4.

Ira M. Sheskin and Harriet Hartman. “Denominational Variations Across Jewish Communities,” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion in press, June 2014.

Ira M. Sheskin and Arnold Dashefsky. “Jewish Population in the United States, 2013,” in Arnold Dashefsky and Ira M. Sheskin. (Editors) The American Jewish Year Book, 2013, Volume 113 (2013) (Dordrecht: Springer) pp. 201-277.

"Geography, Demography, and the Jewish Vote," In American Politics and the Jewish Community, The Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life Annual Review, Volume 11 edited by Bruce Zuckerman, Dan Schnur, and Lisa Ansell (2013) (West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press) pp.39-76.

Harriet Hartman and Ira M. Sheskin. “The (Dis)similarity of a Minority Religion to its Broader Religious Context: The Case of American Jews,” Review of Religious Research Volume 55, Issue 3 (2013) pp.459-490.

“Uses of Local Jewish Community Study Data for Addressing National Concerns,” Contemporary Jewry, Volume 33, Numbers 1-2 (2013) pp. 83-101. 

Harriet Hartman and Ira M. Sheskin. “Estimating the Jewish Student Population of a College Campus,” Journal of Jewish Communal Service Volume 88, Numbers 1 and 2. (Winter/Spring 2013). pp. 95-109.

Harriet Hartman and Ira M. Sheskin. “The Relationship of Jewish Community Contexts and Jewish Identity: A 22-Community Study,” Contemporary Jewry, Volume 32, Number 3 (October 2012). pp. 237-283.

“Attachment of American Jews to Israel: Perspectives from Local Jewish Community Studies,” Contemporary Jewry, Volume 32, Number 1 (2012) pp. 27-65.

Ira M. Sheskin and Arnold Dashefsky. “Jewish Population in the United States, 2012,” in Arnold Dashefsky and Ira M. Sheskin. (Editors) The American Jewish Year Book, 2012, Volume 109-112 (2012) (Dordrecht: Springer) pp. 143-211.

“A Geographical Approach to an Analysis of the Distancing Hypothesis,” Contemporary Jewry, Volume 30, Numbers 2-3 (2010) pp. 219–226.

“Elderly Jews: An Increasing Priority for the American Jewish Community?,” Changing Jewish Communities Number 58, (Jerusalem: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) (2010). www.jcpa.org


COURSES TAUGHT:

  • GEG 105 World Regional Geography
  • GEG 242 Economic and Political Geography of the Middle East
  • GEG 272 Jewish Geography
  • GEG 481/580 Introduction to Quantitative Methods