- Professor, Department of History
- Director and Alvin H. Rosenfeld Chair, Jewish Studies Program
- B.A. at McGill University, 1993
- Ph.D. at Georgetown University, 1998
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I am interested in the history of East European and Russian Jewry, as well as modern Jewish History and modern Russian History more generally. My first book, The Moscow State Yiddish Theater: Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stage examined how and why a Yiddish theater received support from Stalin and the Soviet government until after World War II, and why it was suddenly destroyed after the war. My second book, Jewish Public Culture in the Late Russian Empire, examines the flowering of a grassroots Jewish secular culture in the last years of the Russian Empire. I am also co-director of AHEYM (The Archive of Historical and Ethnographic Yiddish Memories), a project that collects videotaped oral histories of Yiddish speakers in Eastern Europe, mostly about Jewish life in the region before the Second World War. Many of these videos are available for viewing on the research project's website, www.aheym.org. My book, In the Shadow of the Shtetl: Small town Jewish Life in Soviet Ukraine is forthcoming from Indiana University Press, and is largely based on these interviews. I have published articles and reviews on Jewish cultural and intellectual history in numerous periodicals, including Slavic Review, Studies in Jewish Civilization, Ab Imperio, Kritika¸ Jews in Eastern Europe, East European Jewish Affairs, Studies in Contemporary Jewry, Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook, Cahiers du Monde Russe, and others. I teach courses in Jewish history and Russian history, and serve as Director of the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program.
- "Top Young Historian" History News Network
- National Jewish Book Award for The Moscow State Yiddish Theater
- Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History for The Moscow State Yiddish Theater
- ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowship
- National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to Preserve and Create Access to Humanities Collections for Documenting Yiddish Culture and Language in Ukraine
- Modern Jewish history
- East European Jewish history
- Modern Russian history
- Cultural history
The Moscow State Yiddish Theater: Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stage. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000.
Jewish Public Culture in the Late Russian Empire. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.
“From Boston to Mississippi on the Warsaw Yiddish Stage,” in Joel Berkowitz and Barbara Henry, eds., Inventing the Modern Yiddish Stage: Essays in Drama, Performance, and Show Business (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2012), 136-158.
“The Pen and the Sword: The Wartime Plays of Peretz Markish” in Joseph Sherman and Gennadi Estraikh, eds., A Captive of the Dawn: The Life and Works of Peretz Markish (1895-1952) (Oxford: Legenda, 2011).
“Popular History and Populist History: Simon Dubnov and the Jewish Historical and Ethnographic Society” in Writer and Warrior: Simon Dubnov: Historian and Public Figure, edited by Israel Bartal, Avraham Greenbaum, and Dan Haruv (Jerusalem: Zalman Shazar, 2010).
“Emancipation: See Antisemitism: The Evreiskaia entsiklopediia and Jewish Public Culture,” Simon Dubnow Institut Jahrbuch Vol. 9 (2010).
“Prints Reuveni Davida Bergel'sona na moskovskoi stsene (David Bergelson's Prince Reuveni on the Moscow Stage)” in David Fishman, ed., Idish: Iazyk i kul'tura v sovetskom soiuze (Moscow: RGGU, 2009).