Ri J. Turner

Position title: TA: History 219 with Professor Michels

Email: rjturner3@wisc.edu

Address:
Advisor: Tony Michels
Office: 4269 Mosse Humanities Building
Mailbox: 4048 Mosse Humanities Building
Office Hours: Office hours by appointment

Ri J. Turner

Biography

My research focuses on the role of the American Yiddish press as a semi-private space for “internal” conversation among Eastern European Jewish immigrants at the turn of the last century. Apart from research, I am passionate about Yiddish language pedagogy, the curation and translation of little-known Yiddish texts, setting Yiddish poetry to music, and reading literary and journalistic texts in Hebrew, Polish, French, and Spanish.

Education

M.A., Yiddish, Hebrew University
M.A., Jewish Studies, Hebrew College
B.A., Anthropology, Cornell University

Field

  • U.S.\North American History
  • Jewish History

MA Title

  • “Confronting the Jewish Rejection of Jewish Particularism: Chaim Zhitlowsky’s Pedagogical Intervention into Ashkenazi American Assimilation”

Selected Publications

Selected Awards

  • George L. Mosse Modern Jewish History Fellowship (2021-2022)
  • Jewish Studies Fellowship from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture (2018)
  • Translation Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the PEN/Heim Translation Fund, and the Yiddish Book Center (2014, 2018)