Jeffrey Shandler

Jeffrey Shandler

Jeffrey Shandler (bio)

Chair and Professor of Jewish Studies
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Office: 14 College Avenue, Miller Hall
Mailing Address: 12 College Avenue
Ph.D. Columbia University
M.A. Columbia University
B.A. Swarthmore College


  • Jewish memory practices, centering on remembering the Holocaust and prewar Jewish life in Eastern Europe
  • Jewish cultural history, centering on the role of communications media, museums, tourism, and visual culture
  • Intellectual history of Jewish Studies, especially ethnographic studies of Jewish life in Eastern Europe and America
  • Digital humanities in Jewish Studies, centering on archiving, narrative, inventory as a practice of modern Jewish culture
  • Yiddish language, literature and culture, centering on language and culture, translation, language learning, Yiddish after World War II



  • Shtetl:  A Vernacular Intellectual History (Rutgers University Press, 2014).
  • Co-editor, with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, of Anne Frank Unbound:  Media, Imagination, Memory
    (Indiana University Press, 2012).
  • Jews, God, and Videotape: Religion and Media in America (New York University Press, 2009).
  • Translator, of Emil and Karl, by Yankev Glatshteyn (Roaring Brook Press, 2006).
  • Adventures in Yiddishland:  Postvernacular Language and Culture (University of California Press, 2005).
  • Co-author/co-editor, with J. Hoberman, of Entertaining America: Jews, Movies and Broadcasting (Princeton University Press/The Jewish Museum, New York, 2003).
  • Editor of Awakening Lives: Autobiographies of Jewish Youth in Poland before the Holocaust (Yale University Press/YIVO Institute, 2002).
  • Co-editor, with Hasia Diner and Beth S. Wenger, of Remembering the Lower East Side: American Jewish Reflections (Indiana University Press, 2000).
  • While America Watches: Televising the Holocaust (Oxford University Press, 1999).
  • Co-editor, with Dina Abramowicz, of Profiles of a Lost World: Memoirs of East European Jewish Life before World War II by Hirsz Abramowicz, trans. Eva Zeitlin Dobkin (Wayne State University Press/YIVO Institute, 1999).
  • Co-author/co-editor, with Beth S. Wenger, of Encounters with the Holy Land: Place, Past and Future in American Jewish Culture (Brandeis University Press/Center for Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania /National Museum of American Jewish History, 1997).
  • Editor of The Life and Work of S. M. Dubnov: Diaspora Nationalism and Jewish History by Sophie Dubnov-Erlich, trans. Judith Vowles (Indiana University Press/YIVO Institute, 1991).


  • Rutgers University Press, co-editor (with Matti Bunzl) of book series, Jewish Cultures of the World.
  • American Academy for Jewish Research: Fellow, 2012 - present.
  • Association for Jewish Studies (since 1987):  Board of Directors, 2003-2007; Vice President for Publications, 2009-2011; President, 2011-2013.
  • Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History, New York, 2004–present.
  • Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society (since 2001); Executive Committee of the Academic Council of the AJHS, 2006-2008; Advisory Board of Editors of American Jewish History, 2006-present.
  • Member of the editorial board of Contemporary Jewry.
  • International Editorial Board of Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History.
  • Advisory board of Jewish Studies Quarterly.
  • Member of PEN.




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