Jack Kugelmass is Professor of Anthropology and the Sam Melton Professor and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida. He received a B.A. from McGill University, an M.A. and Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research. He previously taught at the Max Weinreich Center for Advanced Jewish Studies, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Arizona State University. Among other books he is the editor of Jews, Sports and the Rites of Citizenship (Illinois, 2006), Key Texts in American Jewish Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2003), author of The Miracle of Intervale Avenue: The Story of a Jewish Congregation in the South Bronx (Columbia University Press, 1996) and co-author of From A Ruined Garden: The Memorial Books of Polish Jewry (Indiana University Press, 1998). He is currently working on a book on twentieth-century Yiddish travelogues. He is co-author of Let There Be Laughter, the catalogue to an exhibit on Jewish humor he co-curated at the Spertus Museum in Chicago.
He was the editor for two terms City & Society the journal of the Society for Urban, National, Transnational and Global Anthropology. He has held fellowships from the Canada Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Lady Davis Foundation, and three times from the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.