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

Upcoming Program Events
Dr. Perelmutter to be first Director of Undergraduate Studies!

Dr. Renee Perelmutter will be the first Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Jewish Studies Program! Dr. Perelmutter is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Slavic. She will begin her position as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Fall 2017 semester.


Dr. Gal Levy, former Visiting Israeli Professor at KU, has won first prize for best article in Hebrew from the Israeli Political Science Association. The article looks at the post-protest protest in Israel and Dr. Levy gives acknowledgments to the KU Jewish Studies Program. Dr. Levy currently teaches at the Open University in Israel.

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