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Eliyana Adler

Eliyana Adler

Associate Professor in History and Jewish Studies

326 Weaver Building
Office Phone: (814) 867-5908


  1. Ph.D., Brandeis University, 2003
  2. M.A., Brandeis University, 1995
  3. B.A., Oberlin College, 1991


I am an historian of the modern Jewish experience in Eastern Europe with particular interests in the history of education, religion, gender studies, and the advent of modernity. My first book, In Her Hands: The Education of Jewish Girls in Tsarist Russia (2011) traced the emergence and development of formal schooling for Jewish girls in pre-revolutionary Russia. While I continue to be fascinated by the nineteenth century, and am currently co-editing a volume on the history of Jewish education in Eastern Europe, I have also expanded my research into the twentieth century. My current project focuses on the experiences of Polish Jews who fled to the Soviet Union in 1939 and survived the Holocaust in Siberia and Central Asia.

Recent Courses

J ST/HIST 083S: East European Jewish History
J ST/HIST 280: Gender and Autobiography in Modern Jewish History
J ST/HIST121: The Holocaust
J ST/HIST497B: Women and the Holocaust

Recent Publications

“Hrubieszów at the Crossroads: Polish Jews Navigate the German and Soviet Occupations,” Holocaust and Genocide Studies 28:1 (Spring 2014), 1-30.

“Exile and Survival: Lithuanian Jewish Deportees in the Soviet Union” ha-Kayits ha-norah ha-hu: 70 shana le-hashmadat ha-kehilot ha-yehudiot be-‘are ha-sadeh be-Lita, eds. Michal Ben Ya’akov, Gershon Greenberg, Sigalit Rosmarin (Jerusalem: Efrata College, 2013): XXVII-XLIX.

“Reinventing Religion: Jewish Religion Textbooks in Russian Gymnasia,” Journal of Jewish Education 77:2 (Summer 2011): 141-156.

In Her Hands: The Education of Jewish Girls in Tsarist Russia (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2011).

“Reading Rayna Batya: The Rebellious Rebbetzin as Self-Reflection,” Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies and Gender Issues 16 (Fall 2008): 130-152.

Eliyana Adler and Sheila Jelen, eds. Jewish Literature and History: An Interdisciplinary Conversation (Bethesda: University Press of Maryland, 2008).

Awards and Service

  • Families, Children, and the Holocaust Research Award, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, 2013
  • The Baron Friedrich Carl von Oppenheim Chair for the Study of Racism, Antisemitism and the Holocaust Fellowship, International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem, 2011
  • Sosland Foundation Fellowship, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Museum, 2010
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