I am a historian of the modern Jewish experience in Eastern Europe with particular interests in education, religion, gender studies, and memory. 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. More recently, I published Survival on the Margins: Polish Jewish Refugees in the Wartime Soviet Union (2020), about the experiences and memory of a large group of Polish Jews who spent WWII in the unoccupied regions of the USSR. At present, I am researching memorial books as well as working on other related projects.
- JST/HIST 121: History of the Holocaust
- JST/HIST/WMNST 439: Women and the Holocaust
- JST/HIST 115: The American Jewish Experience
- JST/HIST 426: History and the Holocaust
Awards and Service:
- Center for Global Studies Research Award, Penn State University, 2021
- Danek Gertner Research Fellowship, Yad Vashem, 2020
- Faculty Advisor, Challah for Hunger, PSU, 2020-
- Schreyer Honors College Distinguished Faculty Program, PSU, 2018-2020
“Kindling Enlightenment: A Social History of the Jewish Candle Tax in Russia,” Jewish Social Studies 26:3 (Fall 2021).
Survival on the Margins: Polish Jewish Refugees in the Wartime Soviet Union (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2020).
Eliyana R. Adler and Kateřina Čapková, eds., Jewish and Romani Families in the Holocaust and its Aftermath (Rutgers University Press, 2020).
“Singing Their Way Home,” Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 32, Jews and Music-Making in the Polish Lands (2020): 411-428.
“The Miracle of Hanukkah and Other Orthodox Tales of Survival in Soviet Exile During World War II,” Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust 32:3 (2018): 155-171.