Welcome to my online portfolio, a site to showcase my research and teaching. See my CV.

I am writing a manuscript titled Schlepping Culture: The Jewish Renaissance between German and Yiddish, 1880-1940, 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.

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“The Ex Libris of the German-Jewish Artist Emma Dessau Goitein.” In Emma Dessau Goitein: A European Artist in Perugia, 43-48. Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts of Perugia. Perugia: Fabrizio Fabbri, 2018.
“A Berlin Republic Convivencia? Ethnic Tensions in the Turkish-German-Jewish Triangle.” German Studies Review 40, no. 2 (May 2017): 353-371.
“On Nathan Birnbaum’s Messianism and Translating the Jewish Other.” The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 60 (2015): 61-78.
“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.
“Ex Libris and Exchange: Immigrant Interventions in the German-Jewish Renaissance.” The German Quarterly 86, no. 3 (Summer 2013): 334-353.