Jeffrey Lesser is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, current Chair of the History Department and former Director of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies. His research interests include ethnicity, immigration and national identity, especially in Brazil, and transnational and national identity and Diasporic communities. In 2011 he was named a Sackler Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Tel Aviv University and in 2007-2008 he was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of the Humanities at the same institution.
Among his numerous prize-winning publications are: Immigration, Ethnicity and National Identity in Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 2012); A Discontented Diaspora: Japanese-Brazilians and the Meanings of Ethnic Militancy, 1960-1980 (Duke University Press, 2007), Negotiating National Identity: Immigrants, Minorities and the Struggle for Ethnicity in Brazil (Duke University Press, 1999) and Welcoming the Undesirables: Brazil and the Jewish Question (University of California Press, 1994). He is the co-editor of Rethinking Jewish-Latin Americans (with Raanan Rein) (University of New Mexico Press, 2008); Searching for Home Abroad (Duke University Press, 2003) and Arab and Jewish Immigrants in Latin America: Images and Realities (with Ignacio Klich) (Frank Cass, 1998).