I currently work as a postdoctoral researcher and Co-PI for the Minnesota Human Rights Archive project (HRA). Prior to my position with the HRA, I coordinated educational outreach and special collections initiatives for the UMN Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

In addition to subject specializations in genocide studies and human rights, additional areas of focus include German and Jewish studies, Yiddish studies, LGBTQIA+ histories, memory studies, translation, and migration.

As a university instructor, I taught all levels of German studies coursework while completing my Ph.D. in the UMN Department of German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch (GNSD) between 2015 and 2020. 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 language and survey coursework. From 2018 to 2020, I was involved with various Yiddish pedagogy initiatives at the Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA)—including the piloting of their new textbook, In eynem, and designing and teaching Yiddish community-education courses with Jewish Community Action (Minneapolis, MN). 

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

Specialties

  • 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