Collegiate Affiliation

I am currently Assistant Director at the Center for Austrian Studies (CAS), and with the center director I oversee all daily operations--including public events (speaker series, colloquia, etc.), publications, award and fellowship competitions, fundraising, and research initiatives. I am also affiliated with the University's Center for Jewish Studies. 

My subject specializations include German and Austrian Jewish studies, Yiddish studies, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, LGBTQIA+ histories and queer studies, memory studies, translation, and migration. Before completing my Ph.D. in 2022, I taught all levels of German studies coursework in the UMN Department of German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch (GNSD). I also served as a visiting lecturer of Yiddish studies in the Ohio State University's Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures in 2021, teaching Yiddish language and Yiddish cultural history. From 2018 to 2020, I was also involved with various Yiddish pedagogy initiatives at the Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA)—piloting of their new textbook, In eynem, working for the Book Center's Steiner Yiddish Summer Program, and designing and teaching Yiddish community-education courses with Jewish Community Action (Minneapolis, MN). 

From 2021-2023, I was the Collections and Outreach Lead at the UMN Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS), and was also a Co-PI (and later postdoctoral researcher) for the Minnesota Human Rights Archive project. While in these roles, I created online exhibitions for CHGS, and also co-led a team of undergraduate and graduate student staff to design a panel exhibition for the Minnesota Human Rights Archive: The Global Reach of Local Activism: Minnesota's Human Rights Stories (on display in Elmer L. Andersen Library in Spring 2024). 

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • PhD: Germanic Studies, History, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2022
  • MA: Germanic Studies, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2016
  • BA (with Honors): German Studies, Macalester College, 2012


  • Modern Yiddish Literature and Culture
  • German & Austrian Jewish Literature and Culture: 19th Century-Present
  • Translation, Migration, and Multilingualism
  • Queer Studies
  • Archives
  • Second Language Acquisition; Endangered Languages & Language Revitalization