Curriculum Vitae

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Current Employment

University of Texas in Austin 2019–Present

Lecturer and Israel Institute Teaching Fellow, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies

Past Employment

Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. 2018–2019

Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica, Center for Jewish Studies

University of California, Los Angeles 2017–2018

Lecturer, Department of History – Jewish History

Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles Fall 2017

Teaching Fellow


Ph.D., History, University of California, Los Angeles June 2017

Dissertation: “‘A Time to Gather’: A History of Jewish Archives in the Twentieth Century”

M.A., History, University of California, Los Angeles December 2012
M.A., Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University May 2009

M.A. Thesis: Resigning to Change: The Foundation and Transformation of the American Council for Judaism

B.A., Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Computer Science, Brandeis University May 2008

Awarded cum laude with highest honors

Scholarly Publications

Book Manuscript Under Preparation

  • A Time To Gather: Archives and the Control of Jewish Culture

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Book Reviews

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

2019 American Jewish Historical Society, Wasserman Prize for Best Article Published in American Jewish History, “Building a Home for the Past: Archives and the Geography of American Jewish History”
2018–2019 Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies, Harry Starr Fellowship
2018–2019 Leo Baeck Institute, Gerald Westheimer Career Development Fellowship
2016–2017 Association for Jewish Studies, Dissertation Completion Fellowship
2016–2017 UCLA Graduate Division, Dissertation Year Fellowship
2014–2015 UCLA Office of Instructional Development, Collegium of University Teaching Fellows
2014–2015 UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, Stephen O. Lesser Fellowship
2013–2014 UCLA Department of History, Ralph and Sarah Monkarsh Graduate Fellowship Award
2011 UCLA Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Fellowship
2010–2016 UCLA Department of History, History Department Fellowship
2008–2009 Brandeis University, Graduate Scholarship
2008 Brandeis Univesrity, Ezra Shapiro Family Prize in Near Eastern & Judaic Studies

Research Grants

2018 UCLA Office of Instructional Development Teaching Grant
2018 UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, Start-Up Grant for “Jewish History Matters” Podcast
2017–2018 UCLA Non-Senate Faculty Professional Development Award
2016 UCLA Department of History, Research Travel Grant
2013–2014 Leo Baeck Institute, Fritz Halbers Fellowship
2013–2014 YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Research Fellowship in East European Jewish Studies
2013–2014 Elka Klein Memorial Grant
2012–2013 American Jewish Archives, Jacob Rader Marcus Fellow
2012 University of California, Berkeley, Institute of European Studies, Predissertation Fellow
2011, 2012 UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, Roter Travel Fellowship
2011 UCLA Graduate Division, Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship
2011 UCLA Department of History, Research Travel Grant
2009 Brandeis University, Dept. of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry Research Grants

Conference Papers

  • “Jewish History With and Without Archives,” Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, Mass., Dec. 2018
  • “Out of the Ashes: Jewish Community Records and Archives after Kristallnacht,” New Perspectives on Kristallnacht, Shoah Foundation, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, November 2018
  • “Epistemologies of the Archive,” Historical Epistemology, UCLA Department of History, Los Angeles, California, May 2018
  • “Making Jewish History Jewish: Archives and the Paradigms of Jewish History,” Association for Jewish Studies, Washington D.C., December 2017
  • “Collecting at the ‘Jerusalem on the Ohio’: Jacob Rader Marcus’ Archival Vision of America’s Jews,” Southern Jewish Historical Society, Cincinnati, Ohio, November 2017
  • “Bernhard Brilling and the Reconstruction of Jewish Archives in Postwar Germany,” Association for Jewish Studies, San Diego, California, December 2016 (Session Organizer)
  • “The Past is a Foreign Country? Archival Gazes of Jewish Studies Across the Atlantic,” Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, Mass., December, 2015
  • “Must Every People Have an Archive? Jewish Archives and the Problem of Self-Definition and State Power,” American Historical Association, New York, New York, January 2015
  • “Between Jerusalem and the ‘Little Jerusalem’: Archives and Identity Politics in Postwar Germany,” Association for Jewish Studies, Baltimore, Maryland, December 2014
  • “Who are to be the Successors of European Jewry? The Restitution of German Jewish Communal Archives,” Looted Art and Restitution in the Twentieth Century: Europe in Transnational and Global Perspective, Newnham College, Cambridge, September 2014
  • “Can One Own Jewish History? Physicality and Exclusivity in the Archive,” The Materials of Jewish Studies, Columbia University and New York University, May 2014
  • “Representing the State, Reconstituting the Nation: Israeli Archivists and the Performance of Sovereignty in the 1950s,” Association for Jewish Studies, Chicago, Illinois, December 2012
  • “‘Salvaging the Remnants of the Jewish Past in Europe&lrsquo;: The Jewish Historical General Archives and the Construction of an Israeli Archival Project, 1947–1957,” International Conference on the History of Records and Archives 6, University of Texas, Austin, August 2012

Invited Lectures

  • “Between Sites of Memory and Sources of History: Archival Consciousness in Jewish History and Culture,” Yale, April 2019
  • “Who Will be the Successors to European Jewry? Israeli Archives and the European Jewish Cultural Legacy,” Brandeis University, January 2019
  • “Objects of Memory: Looted Art and Jewish Communal Property After the Holocaust,” California State University, Long Beach, September 2018
  • Keynote address for conference “Les «archives juives», miroirs du rapport des Juifs à l’État et à la Nation,” Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcité, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris, France, June 2018
  • “‘Ordinary Men’ or ‘Willing Executioners’? Debating Perpetrators’ Motivations in the Holocaust.” Guest lecture for “The Third Reich and the Jews,” UCLA, May 2017
  • Lecture Series at Nanjing University (Nanjing, China), Henan University (Kaifeng, China), Sept. 2014: “Zakhor: Jewish Memorial Practices Through the Ages,” “Memory and Impact of the Holocaust,” “Who Are To Be The Successors of European Jewry?”
  • “The Future of the Sources of Jewish History: Perspectives on Pessimism and the Proliferation of Jewish Archives in the Twentieth Century,&rquo; YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York, New York, May 2014
  • “Making History: The Proliferation and Impact of Modern Jewish Archives,” Max Weinreich Fellowship Lecture, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York, New York, Sept. 2013
  • “The Making of American Jewish History: Jacob Rader Marcus and the American Jewish Archives,” American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio, August 2012

Teaching Experience

University of California, Los Angeles
Lecturer, Department of History 2017–2018
Jewish Thought, Politics, and Ethics: From Theory to Practice (Undergraduate Upper Division Seminar)
Jewish Thought, Politics, and Ethics: From Theory to Practice (Undergraduate Upper Division Seminar)
Medieval Jewish History (Undergraduate Upper Division Lecture)
Teaching Fellow (Instructor of Record) 2014–2015
The Jewish Nation, Imagined or Invented? History and the Politics of Peoplehood (Undergraduate Upper Division Seminar)
Hoarders, Buried Alive in the Archive: History, Memory, and Archiving in Modern Times (Undergraduate Upper Division Seminar)
Guest Lecturer
The Third Reich and the Jews, Spring 2017 (Undergraduate Upper Division Lecture)
Teaching Assistant 2011–2013
Western Civilization, 1750 to the Present
Holocaust: History and Memory
World History, 500–1750 C.E.
World History to 600 C.E.
Reader/Grader 2011, 2017
The Spirit of Secularism: Jewish Cultures in a Secular Age
The Third Reich and the Jews
Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion Fall 2017
Teaching Fellow (Assigned to Courses for University of Southern California Undergraduates)
Jewish History
The Holocaust

Service to Profession

  • Creator and Host, Jewish History Matters podcast (2018–Present)
  • Co-Chair, Association for Jewish Studies Works-In-Progress Workshop (2019–2022)
  • Association for Jewish Studies, Professional Development Task Force, 2018–Present
  • Session Organizer, “The History of Archives in Jewish Studies: From Object to Subject,” Association for Jewish Studies, Washington D.C. (December 2017)
  • Session Chair, “New Dimensions in Testimony,” Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies, USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, Los Angeles (October 2017)
  • Session Organizer, “Postwar Reconstruction: The Meanings and Limits of Rebuilding Jewish Life in Europe,’ Association for Jewish Studies, San Diego, California (December 2016)
  • Graduate Student Coordinator, UCLA 1939 Society Samuel Goetz Chair in Holocaust Studies Search (2016)
  • Conference Co-Convener, “Thinking Beyond the Canon: New Themes and Approaches in Jewish Studies,’ UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, Los Angeles, California (March 2015)


  • Speaking, Reading, Writing: Hebrew, German
  • Reading: Yiddish, Russian, French

Professional Memberships

  • American Historical Association
  • American Jewish Historical Society (Academic Council)
  • Association for Israel Studies
  • Association for Jewish Studies
  • German Studies Association