Jason Rosensweig is the Director of Chicago at Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. He comes to Hartman with a background in academia, Jewish advocacy, coalition-building, and public service. Jason’s passion is in bringing together different groups and people to build communities for learning, mutual understanding, and positive change.
Most recently Jason was Assistant Director for Advocacy and International Affairs at the American Jewish Committee (AJC), where he ran political and diplomatic affairs for the Upper Midwest. Last year he was appointed to the Illinois Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes by Governor JB Pritzker, where he currently chairs the Legal Committee of the Commission, working on making and formulating policy recommendations to address hate and extremism in Illinois. He was also selected as a member of the 2021 Class of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leaders Program. Alongside his work in the Jewish community, Jason serves on the board of the MLK Chapter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago.
Previously, Jason was Adjunct Professor of Government at American University, teaching history of political thought and political theory. He taught for many years as a lecturer in the Common Core Curriculum at the University of Chicago, where he also earned his PhD from the Committee on Social Thought. His research focused on what needs to be shared in order to get along in a free and pluralist society. He received his BA and MA from Stanford University in Comparative Literature and French Literature, respectively.
Jason lives in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago with his wife Jessica, beagle-extraordinaire Twain, and beloved daughter.