Associate Director, Program in Jewish Studies
Associate Professor of Jewish Studies
B.A. (Kenyon College 1983)
M.A. (University of New Mexico 1986)
Ph.D. (Vanderbilt 1991)
Adam Meyer taught for many years at Fisk University before moving to Vanderbilt. He is a specialist in twentieth-century American literature and culture, particularly the relations between Blacks and Jews, as seen in his full-length Black-Jewish Relations in African American and Jewish American Fiction: An Annotated Bibliography (Scarecrow) and numerous articles. Recent publications include essays in Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation and the collections Unfinalized Moments: Essays in the Development of Contemporary Jewish American Fiction (Purdue) and Black Harlem and the Jewish Lower East Side: Narratives Out of Time (SUNY).
Prof. Meyer teaches courses on Blacks and Jews in American culture, writings by children of Holocaust survivors, and Southern Jews. He pioneered the “Introduction to Jewish Studies” course that was first taught in 2008 and is still the gateway course for the Jewish Studies major.