Dylan Kaufman-Obstler


Title: Julie A. and Peter M. Weil Distinguished Graduate Fellow
Advisor: Tony Michels

Dylan Kaufman-Obstler


My primary field is American Jewish history, specifically the Jewish labor movement in the twentieth century. My dissertation is on the history of Yiddish communist schools in North America, their approach to cultural and political education, and their growing efforts to preserve Yiddish.


B.A., Hampshire College (2013)
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison (2017)


  • United States History

M.A. Title

  • “‘Hush Hush,’ Out Loud: Jewish Communists, the House Un-American Activities Committee, and Contested Solutions to Antisemitism in America”


  • David Sorkin Award for Research Travel, UW-Madison Center for Jewish Studies
  • Lipton Scholarship for International and Domestic Study, UW-Madison Center for Jewish Studies
  • Weil Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, UW-Madison History Department

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 102 – American History from the Civil War Era to the Present (Fall, 2016 and Spring, 2018)
  • History 213 – Jews in American Popular Culture (Spring, 2017)
  • History 219 – American Jewish Experience (Fall, 2017)
  • History 221 – “A History of Your Parent’s Generation, the 1970s-1990s” (online course)