Shulamit (Shula) Reinharz, Ph.D. is the Jacob Potofsky Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University. She was the Director of the Women’s Studies Program (graduate and undergraduate) from 1992-2001, founded the Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women in 1997 and the Women’s Studies Research Center in January 2001. The latter two are housed in a 10.000 square foot center she designed and for which she raised all of the funds.
Born in Amsterdam, the child of Holocaust survivors, Shula grew up in the United States and has also lived in Israel. She received her B.A. from Barnard College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University. Her first teaching position was at the University of Michigan from 1972-1982.
Shula is the author and editor of four books including the award-winning Feminist Methods in Social Research, published by Oxford University Press. She is the editor of the book series Brandeis Series on Jewish Women, published by the University Press of New England, and co-editor of the academic journal Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies & Gender Issues. For five years, Shula was the co-editor of the journal, Qualitative Sociology.
Shula has received numerous honors including The Williams Distinguished Lectureship of the Eastern Sociological Society; The Woman of Distinction award from Hadassah; The Spirit of Freedom award from the People of the American Way; The Academy of Women Achievers award of the YWCA and, The American ORT Women of Vision Award. A frequent speaker at numerous organizations, she also serves on several community and editorial boards and consults with many groups.
Shula is the mother of Yali (age 24) and Naomi (age 19) and is married to Jehuda Reinharz, President of Brandeis University.
(Last revised on 7/11/01)