Shandler SquareJeffrey Shandler, chair of the Department of Jewish Studies, has been promoted to distinguished professor in recognition of his extraordinary scholarly achievements.

Shandler joined the Department of Jewish Studies in 2001, and has since played a vital role in the growth and development of the department, the Bildner Center, and the Littman Holocaust Resource Center. His breadth of research includes American and Eastern European Jewish culture, modern Yiddish culture, Holocaust remembrance, and the role that broadcasting, film, and other media play in modern Jewish life.

He is the author o fnumerous books, including While America Watches: Televising the Holocaust, Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language and Culture,and Holocaust Memory in the Digital Age:Survivors’ Stories and New Media Practices.

Shandler has served as president of the Association for Jewish Studies, and he is also a fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research, the oldest organization of Jewish studies scholars in North America.