Shaul Stampfer was born Atlanta, Georgia in 1948 and moved to Israel in 1970. He was educated at Yeshiva University (New York), Bar Ilan University (1966-7), Yeshivat Kerem BeYavne (1967-8, 1970-71) and gained his PhD from the Hebrew University (1971-82).
At the Hebrew University he has been Senior Lecturer from 1990 to date, was made Associate Professor in 2004 and Chairman of the Department in 2010 as well as having the Rabbi Edward Sandrow Chair in Soviet and East European Jewry.
He was visiting fellow, Harvard University 1982-3 and part of the founding committee of the Jewish University of Moscow, 1991-2.
Among the courses he has taught are: Ideology and Society in the Modern Jewish History, Economics and Status in East European Jewry, Communications and Jewish History, Family, Demography and Earning a Living, Jewish Education in the Modern Period, Rabbis and the Training of Rabbis, Jewish Food in Eastern Europe, “Jewish Geography”, The Jewish Life Cycle in Eastern Europe and Controversy and Internal Struggles in Jewish Communities.
Shaul Stampfer will present a lecture entitled: Happy communities are all alike, every unhappy community is unhappy in its own way