Shirli Brautbar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

Shirli BrautbarPh.D. History, University of Southern California
M.A. Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago
B.A. Middle Eastern Studies and Applied History, Carnegie Mellon University

LAS Building, Office 146
(702) 992-2629

In 2008, Dr. Brautbar received a campus-wide iTeach Award for her commitment to cultural heritage, especially in the areas of gender and ethnic diversity. Dr Brautbar also runs a successful internship-for-credit program, placing NSC History and History Pre-Law students in a variety of sites including attorney offices, government agencies, non-profits, and museums.

Dr. Brautbar advises the NSC History Society, a history student organization. She considers herself to be an interdisciplinary scholar, which is reflected in her research and teaching. She previously taught at the University of Southern California, Wilson College, and Dickinson College in departments of History, Women's Studies, American Studies, and Jewish Studies.


In 2012, Professor Brautbar published a critically-acclaimed book titled From Fashion to Politics: Hadassah and Jewish American Women in the Post-World War II Era. In 2017, she published the article "Zoot Suits and Racial Hysteria: The Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee and Wartime Rhetoric" in the peer-reviewed National Social Science Association Journal; it deals with the complex relationship of anti-Mexican rhetoric, the criminal justice system, social action, and  gender in the World War II era.