As a specialist in modern Hebrew and Jewish literature and culture, I am interested in Hebrew literature written in Palestine/Israel, Europe and America, as well as Jewish literature in Yiddish, English, German and other languages. I have a joint appointment at the department of Middle Eastern Studies and the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.
I am the author of A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture (New York University Press , 2018), the award-winning book Literary Passports: The Making of Modernism Hebrew Fiction in Europe(Stanford, 2011).
My third book (in progress) is A Silent Language? Yiddish in Israeli Literature
I am the editor of Women’s Hebrew Poetry on American Shores: Poems by Anne Kleiman and Annabelle Farmelant (Wayne State University, 2016), and the editor of In the Place where Sea and Sky Meet: Israeli Yiddish Stories (Magnes Press, forthcoming 2018), in Hebrew. I am also the co-editor of Hebrew, Gender and Modernity: Critical Responses to Dvora Baron’s Fiction (Maryland, 2007).
I lecture widely around the world on all aspects of my research and writing, and as part of the the AJS Distinguished Lectureship Program.
I teach a variety of courses in English and Hebrew for undergraduate and graduate students. I am also teaching a course abroad in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. I integrate technology and Digital Humanities in my scholarship and teaching.