Eliyana Adler

Eliyana Adler

Eliyana Adler

Associate Professor in History and Jewish Studies
Graduate Advisor
326 Weaver Building


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. 

Recent Courses:

  • 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

Education Details:

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


“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. 

Eliyana Adler