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A Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies at Boston College, I am writing a manuscript tentatively titled Schlepping Culture: The Jewish Renaissance between German and Yiddish, 1880-1939, for which I have already received two awards for published articles and the Leo Baeck Institute Early Career fellowship. This research details the transnational cultural transfers between German and Yiddish modernism as a result of mass migration. My research interests more broadly engage with German-Jewish intellectual history, Yiddish literature, Jewish-Muslim relations in contemporary German culture, Orientalism, and the quest for a new language in German literature since 1945. I have previously taught at Emory University, worked as a translator for the PBS television series Finding Your Rootsand was as an archivist for the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.

E-mail address: blockni@bc.edu                        Schedule an Office Hour Appt


“Ex Libris and Exchange: Immigrant Interventions in the German-Jewish Renaissance.” The German Quarterly 86, no. 3 (Summer 2013): 334-353.
“If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem: The Jewish Exilic Mind in Else Lasker-Schüler’s IchundIch.” Nexus: Essays in German Jewish Studies 2 (2014): 103-120.
“On Nathan Birnbaum’s Messianism and Translating the Jewish Other.” The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 60 (2015).
“A Berlin Republic Convivencia? Ethnic Tensions in the Turkish-German-Jewish Triangle.” German Studies Review 40, no. 2 (May 2017). (forthcoming)


Book Reviews

Review of Kafka’s Jewish Languages: The Hidden Openness of Tradition by David Suchoff. German Studies Review 37, no. 3 (October 2014): 678-680.


Sholem Asch. “The Little German Jew.” (Der kleyner daytsh, in Yiddish, 1926). In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies (under review)