John Efron is the Koret Professor of Jewish History at UC Berkeley, where he is a specialist in the cultural and social history of German Jewry. A native of Melbourne, Australia, he has a B.A. from Monash University, has studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, took his M.A. at New York University, and earned a Ph.D. at Columbia University. In addition to his work on German Jewry, his scholarship focuses on Yiddish popular culture, Jewish historiography after the Holocaust, the role of sport in the modern Jewish experience, and most recently on Jewish food history.