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Toni Pitock, PhD

Toni Pitock, PhD

Co-Director, Judaic Studies Program
Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of History
Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages
Office: Academic Building, 308
Phone: 215.895.2463


  • BA, English and Psychology, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • MA, History, Villanova University
  • PhD, University of Delaware

Curriculum Vitae:

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests:

  • Atlantic World
  • Jewish Migration and Diaspora
  • Economic Culture
  • Trade Networks
  • Colonial American History


I am an assistant teaching professor of History and Co-Director of the Judaic Studies program at Drexel University. I teach courses in American history and Jewish history and culture.

I am currently working on a manuscript that examines Philadelphia’s earliest Jewish merchants and traders, in the late colonial, revolutionary and early national periods. I look at the ways they, as newcomers, established their business and how they sustained them as they sought out new opportunities locally and further afield. I also explore the ways they built economic networks. Merchants and traders depended on associates to conduct trade, and I trace the kinship, ethnic, and cross-cultural networks, analyzing the complicated dynamics that that facilitated – and sometimes undermined – commerce.

I also work on a project that gathers material on Jamaica’s Jewish history, including cataloging and conserving cemeteries and archival collections.

Selected Publications:

  • “Separated from us as far as West is from East: Eighteenth-Century Ashkenazi Immigrants in the Atlantic World.” American Jewish History, Vol. 102, No. 2 (April 2018)
  • “Commerce and Community: Philadelphia’s Early Jewish Settlers, 1740-1776.” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 140, no. 3 (Oct., 2016)