Director, Modern Hebrew Studies Program

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2012)
  • M.S.T., Jewish Studies, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (2008)
  • M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2006)
  • B.A., Poetics and Comparative Literature, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel (2001)

Research Interests

  • Modern Jewish literatures (especially in Hebrew, English, and Yiddish)
  • Literature of the Holocaust
  • Narrative theory
  • Teaching Modern Hebrew as a foreign language

Teaching Specialties

  • Modern Hebrew language
  • Modern Jewish literature, culture, and history
  • Israel studies
  • Jewish-American literature
  • The Bible in modern literature

Selected Publications

"The Poetics of the Other Planet: Testimony and Chronotope in Ka-Tzetnik's Piepel." in Annette F. Timm, ed. Holocaust History and the Readings of Ka-Tzetnik. With the assistance of David Tall (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017).

"'Count him a human being': David Grossman's See Under: Love and Holocaust Perpetrators in Israeli Fiction." Prooftexts 35:1 (2016):13-24. 

"Ka-Tzetnik's Moral Viewpoint." Partial Answers 14:2 (2016): 275-298. 

"The Limits of Holocaust Representation in the Fiction of the 1948 Generation according to Moshe Shamir's "The Second Stutter." Studies in Israeli and Modern Jewish Society  [Iyunim Betekumat Israel] 23(2013):176-203 [in Hebrew].

"Chelm as Shtetl: Y. Y. Trunk's Khelemer khakhomim." Prooftexts 29:2 (2009): 242-272.

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