Angelina Palmen


Wolfson College


DPhil Oriental Studies (Modern Jewish History)

Thesis Title:

Producing New Women: Work and Consumer Culture in the Wilhelmine Jewish Garment Trade



Research Interests:

My dissertation, supervised by Professor David Rechter, examines the promotion of the feminism and women’s rights by companies in the Berlin industry for ready-made fashion and their mostly Jewish owners and executive directors 1890–1914. My research interests include Jewish occupational and business history, gender, women's and feminist history, and visual culture. I am passionate about feminist scholarship, mixed methodologies and inter-disciplinary research, teaching and public outreach. I am currently a Dr Sophie Bookhalter Graduate Fellow at the Center for Jewish History in New York.

Recent Publications and/or Conferences:

2021             'Josephine Levy Rathenau.' A brief biography of a German-Jewish social work pioneer.

                     Jewish Women's Archive online Encyclopaedia:

2021             Jewish Studies Graduate Student Association Conference (Bloomington, Indiana):

                     'Gender and Work in the Berlin-Jewish Garment Trade Jewish Feminists and Jewish 'Capitalists' in Conversation,'

                     Panel: Fashioning Jewish Girls and Women in Germany at the Turn of the Century,'

                     with response from Professor Kerry Wallach (Gettysburg College) 

2019             Summer Institute for Modern and Contemporary Judaism (Oxford):

                     Respondent on panel for Modern Jewish History & Gender

2018-2020    Leo Baeck Fellows' Workshops in German-Jewish History (Leipzig; Brighton):

                     Thesis presentation and Response

2019-2020    Posen Fellows' Workshops (Berkeley):

                     Thesis presentation and Response

2017             Gender and Inequality Interdisciplinary Workshop (Glasgow/Oxford)

                     'Patriotism, Patronage and Empowerment: German-Jewish Clothiers and 'their' Women Workers 1914–1918'

Angelina Palmen