Collegiate Affiliation

Sheer Ganor is a historian of German-speaking Jewry and modern Germany. Her work focuses on the nexus of forced migration, memory and cultural identities. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled "In Scattered Formation: Displacement, Alignment and the German-Jewish Diaspora." This study traces the emergence of a transnational diasporic network of Jewish refugees who escaped Nazi Germany and its annexed territories. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Sheer held a postdoctoral research fellowship at the German Historical Institute. She has published in the Journal of Contemporary History, the German Historical Institute Bulletin Supplement and others. Her research has been supported by a variety of institutions, including the Central European History Society and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.

Sheer is an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, the Human Rights Program and the Immigration History Research Center. 


Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • PhD: , UC Berkeley, 2019 -
  • BA: , Tel Aviv University, 2011 -
  • MA: , UC Berkeley, 2015 -


  • German-Jewish History
  • Displacement and forced migration
  • History and Memory
  • Diaspora Studies
  • Holocaust and Genocide Studies
  • Modern Germany