Previous Graduate Student Work

Work by recent Ph.D.'s and advanced graduate students has focused on areas as diverse as Yiddish literary criticism and history, American Jewish social and cultural history, and intellectual currents among Eastern European Jews. Recent graduates from the program, their research topics, and their current employment, include:


Beatrice Lang Caplan

  • Ph.D. 2004, "Orthodox Yiddish Literature in Interwar Poland."

Keith Weiser

  • Ph.D. 2001, "The politics of Yiddish : Noyekh Prilutski and the Folkspartey in Poland, 1900-1926."
    The Silber Family Chair for the Study of the Holocaust and Eastern European Jewry, York University, Toronto.

Bettina Warnke

  • Ph.D. 2001, "Reforming the New York Yiddish theater : the cultural politics of immigrant intellectuals and the Yiddish press, 1887-1910."
    Assistant Professor of Yiddish, Department of Germanic Studies, The University of Texas, Austin.

Ellen Kellman

  • Ph.D. 2000, "The newspaper novel in the Jewish Daily Forward, 1900-1940 : fiction as entertainment and serious literature."
    Assistant Professor and Lecturer in Yiddish, Brandeis University.

Jan Schwarz

  • Ph.D. 1997, "'When the lamp of art is made to shine through life's foolscap': a study of the Yiddish literary autobiography."
    Lecturer in Yiddish at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.

Jeffrey Shandler

  • Ph.D. 1995, "While America watches: Television and the Holocaust in the United States, from 1945 to the present."
    Annenberg scholar, Rutgers.

Daniela Mantovan

  • Ph.D. 1993, "Der Nister and his symbolist short stories (1913-1929): Patterns of imagination."
    Yiddish translator and instructor, Heidelberg.

Ori Kritz

  • Ph.D. 1993, "The poetics of anarchy: David Edelshtat's revolutionary poetry."
    Assistant Professor of Hebrew and Yiddish Literature, University of Oklahoma.

Andrew Sunshine

  • Ph.D. 1991, "Opening the mail: Interpersonal aspects of discourse and grammar in Middle Yiddish letters."
    Assistant Dean, Columbia College, and Co-editor and Research Associate, The Language and Culture Atlas of Ashkenazic Jewry.