Daniel Kotzin, Ph.D.

Daniel Kotzin

Dr. Daniel P. Kotzin

Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

(716) 880-2318

About Dr. Daniel P. Kotzin:

Dr. Daniel Kotzin (daniel.p.kotzin@medaille.edu) has been passionate about history since he attended the University of California at Irvine, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in history. As he continued his graduate studies in history at New York University in pursuit of a Ph.D., Dr. Kotzin became increasingly interested in American ethnic history and examining American history from a global perspective, particularly the ways in which Americans have tried to influence other nations.

After receiving his Ph.D. from New York University, he taught history at Beth Tfiloh Dahan High School in Maryland and then Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, where he emerged as a leader among the faculty in promoting active learning in the classroom. He has also been nationally recognized for his success as a teacher in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Dr. Kotzin’s biography, Judah L. Magnes: An American Jewish Maverick, is due to be published by Syracuse University Press in 2010. This study of Judah Magnes, an American Jew who served as the first Chancellor of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and later emerged during the 1930s and 1940s as the leading advocate for peace between Jews and Arabs, examines the difficulty of transplanting American ideas and values to the Middle East.

Dr. Kotzin is writing articles on history pedagogy and beginning research on the history of the Jewish community in Buffalo, looking specifically at the papers of Rabbi Isaac Klein which are housed in the archives at the University of Buffalo.

B.A., University of California at Irvine
M.A., Ph.D., New York University

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