I first made the connections between diasporic memory and a sense of place in my sophomore year at UC Berkeley, cataloging a collection of Yiddish books published in California. I developed this project into my senior thesis, a literary study of Yiddish immigrant life in Los Angeles during the mid-twentieth century. The untranslated literature of the West is a window into how immigrants understood and inserted themselves into American history. These narratives contain complex syncretic mythologies that tie together the Old World and the New West. My research interests move beyond the American West following the global Jewish diaspora. With a strong understanding of Eastern European and Jewish history, I am better equipped to understand my West and its peoples. The conceptual frameworks that guide my research include diaspora, frontier, and borderand studies. My work interrogates both the concept of secularism and Jewishness in the 20th century.
B.A., History, UC Berkeley, 2016
- American West, American Jewish, Jewish Studies
- “Anti-fascist Yiddish Song: Shneer and Eisenberg on Lin Jaldati.” Interview, In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies, February 2016.
- “Reflections on Space in Learning Yiddish.” In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies, December 2015.