Erin Faigin


Advisors: Tony Michels, Amos Bitzan, Susan Johnson, and Cindy Cheng

Erin Faigin


My work focuses on the experience of Yiddish speakers living outside of New York City in the early twentieth century. I am interested in how Yiddish speakers living in the Midwest related to Yiddish speakers living in New York and how those living in New York related to those in the Midwest. I ask some of the following questions in my research: What kinds of networks and institutions connected Yiddish speakers living in small towns to those in larger cities? How did regional hubs relate to one another? How did Yiddish speakers define the Midwest as a region and how did their definition of that region change over time? How did technological advances and economic shifts shape the texture of Yiddish life? In asking these questions, my research expands the geographical boundaries of Yiddish culture in the Jewish American past.


M.A. History, UW-Madison, 2019
B.A., History, UC Berkeley, 2016


  • U.S./North American History

Selected Publications

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 152 – History of the American West since 1850
  • History 219 – The American Jewish Experience: From Shtetl to Suburb