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Leonard and Helen Stulman Chair in Classical Jewish Religion, Thought, and Culture

Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Established in 2016 by the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation

LEONARD STULMAN, A&S 1925, and his wife, HELEN R. STULMAN, made an impressive mark on their native Baltimore through both their business and their generous philanthropy. Mr. Stulman achieved great success in construction and real estate and supported the Jewish community, the arts, music, theater, and Johns Hopkins. In addition to endowing this professorship, the Stulmans endowed a lecture series in history and fellowships in the humanities. Mrs. Stulman died soon after their commitment was announced. Mr. Stulman died in 2000.

“I accomplished a dream by making the community a partner, so to speak, in my success. To be in a position to make these gifts has given me and my wife more pleasure than you will ever imagine.”

-Leonard Stulman

Held by Pawel Maciejko

PAWEL MACIEJKO’s academic career began in the early 1990s in Warsaw, arguably the most vibrant intellectual center in Eastern Europe during the period of political transformation. The University of Warsaw afforded him solid training in the craft of an historian working with archival material on the one hand, and, on the other, aroused his curiosity regarding theoretical approaches to the study of history and the philosophical assumptions underlying empirical research. In 1997, he arrived in Oxford to read first towards an MSt in Jewish Studies (1998), and subsequently towards a DPhil in Modern History (2004). Upon completion of a Whiting post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago the following year, Maciejko moved to Israel and joined the faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he taught until 2016 when he came to Johns Hopkins University. His book The Mixed Multitude: Jacob Frank and the Frankist Movement 1755-1816 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011) was awarded the Salo Baron Prize by the American Academy of Jewish Research, and Jordan Schnitzer Book Award by the Association of Jewish Studies. His most recent publication is Sabbatian Heresy: Writings on Mysticism, Messianism, and the Origins of Jewish Modernity (Boston: Brandeis University Press, 2017).