Agi Legutko specializes in modern Yiddish literature, language, and culture, women and gender studies, spirit possession in Judaism, as well as in American and European modern Jewish literature, theater, and film. Her research interests also include trauma, memory, performance, and the body represented in modern Jewish culture. She is interested in exploring the possibilities offered by digital humanities in Yiddish language instruction and is an advocate of integrating technology in the classroom.
She received her Ph.D. (2012, with distinction), M.Phil (2008), and M.A. (2006) in Yiddish studies from Columbia University, and her M.A. (2002) in English Language and Literature and Translation Studies from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Before joining Columbia University, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture at the University of Maryland.
She is currently focusing on creating an online database of Yiddish teaching materials, Yiddish digital platforms, such as Mapping Yiddish New York and the The Grosbard Project, and is completing a manuscript exploring the trope of dybbuk possession in modern Jewish cultures. She is the author of Krakow’s Kazimierz: Town of Partings and Returns, a historical guidebook to the Jewish Quarter of Krakow (in English and Polish 2004, 2009), and her publications have appeared in several jorunals and essay collections on Yiddish literature and culture, such as Cwiszn, Bridges, Lilith, and Jewish Quarterly.
She teaches courses in Yiddish language on elementary, intermediate and advanced levels, as well as in Yiddish literature and culture, such as Magic and Monsters in Yiddish Literature, Women, Gender and Sexuality in Yiddish Literature, Taste of Yiddish, Yiddish New York: Literature, Culture, and Space, and Life Writing in Yiddish Literature: Autobiography, Memoir, or Fiction?