Andrew Heinze

Andrew R. Heinze

Faculty Emeritus

Faculty Emeritus


Andrew Heinze was Professor of American History and Director of the Swig Judaic Studies program at USF. A recipient of the Ignatian Faculty Service Award, he loved teaching and he published extensively. Andy authored the books Adapting to Abundance and Jews and the American Soul, which was a Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and a Publishers Weekly choice for “Best Books of 2004.” For his expertise in the history of race, immigration, ethnicity and popular culture, he was selected as an author of the Columbia Documentary History of Race and Ethnicity in America. His articles appeared in the Journal of American History, the American Quarterly, Religion and American Culture, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Examiner and many other journals, newspapers and magazines.


  • History of Race/Racism
  • History of Immigration and Ethnic Identity
  • History of American Popular Culture
  • Jewish History

Research Areas

  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Immigration
  • Popular Culture
  • Intellectual History


  • UC Berkeley, PhD in History, 1987
  • UC Berkeley, MA in History, 1980
  • Amherst College, BA in History, Magna Cum Laude, 1977

Prior Experience

  • Full Professor in History, USF
  • Director, Swig Judaic Studies Program, USF
  • Visiting Professor in History, UC Berkeley
  • Visiting Professor in History, UC Davis
  • Visiting Professor in History, San Jose State University

Awards & Distinctions

  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Belin Lecturer, 2007
  • University of Southern California, Nemer Lecturer, 2006
  • Yale University, Pew Senior Fellow, Center for Religion & American Life, 2003-2004
  • University of San Francisco, Ignatian Faculty Service Award, 2003
  • San Jose State University Meritorious Performance & Professional Promise Award, 1988-89

Selected Publications

  • Jews and the American Soul (Princeton University Press, 2004)
  • Adapting to Abundance (Columbia University Press, 1990)
  • Columbia Documentary History of Race and Ethnicity in America (Columbia University Press, 2004)
  • Race and Ethnicity in America: A Concise History (Columbia University Press, 2003)