Fran Sternberg

Lecturer, Jewish Studies
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Fran Sternberg received her PhD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (2000) and has also studied at the University of Chicago, Brooklyn College (City University of New York), and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (New York), where she was a fellow at the Max Weinreich Center for Advanced Jewish Studies. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the socio-historical study of two neighboring Jewish communities in the Białystok province of northeastern Poland during the interwar period; and her areas of interest include 19th and 20th century East European Jewry, interwar Polish Jewry, the shtetl, and the Holocaust.

  • PhD, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • MA, University of Chicago
  • BA, Brooklyn College

Specialties: Modern Jewish history, medieval and early modern European Jewry, East European Jewry, interwar Polish Jewry, the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, the history of Jewish women. and pragmatics, general and Jewish folklore, Jewish culture

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Dr. Renee Perelmutter, Associate Professor of Slavic and Jewish Studies, writes fantasy fiction and poetry under the name Rose Lemberg. Her book Marginalia to Stone Bird is the first book of poetry to be shortlisted for a Crawford Award, and is also up for an Elgin Award. Marginalia has been reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly and Strange Horizons. Available at Aqueduct Press and Amazon.

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March 16, 2017: JS students Mackenzie Haun, Sarah Herman and Ariel Silverman were elected to join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious national academic academy. Phi Beta Kappa “celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities.”

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