Barry Trachtenberg

Associate Professor
Director, Judaic Studies Program

Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles
Post-Graduate Diploma- Oxford University
M.A., University of Vermont
B.A., Glassboro State College
(now Rowan University in NJ)

355-E Humanities
Phone: (518) 442-3078


Undergraduate Courses:

JST/REL 145: Secular Jewish Identity and Culture
JST 150: Survey of Jewish Civilization
JST 221: The American Jewish Experience
JST 245: Imaging the Jewish Nation
JST/HIS 250: Holocaust in History
JST/REL 253/343/344z: Medieval Jewish History
JST/HIS 255: The Jews in the Modern World
JST/REL 256: World Jewry since the Holocaust
JST/HIS 258: Radical Jews
JST/HIS 275: Antisemitism in Historical Perspective
JST 360: Jewish Autobiographies
JST 499: Topics in Judaic Studies (Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust in the 21st Century)

Graduate Courses:

HIS 531: Topics in European History (Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust in the 21st Century)
HIS 611/613: Readings in European/International History (The Nazi Holocaust: History and Historiography) Current Research Interests:

Associate Professor in the Department of History and Director of the Judaic Studies Program, Barry Trachtenberg was trained in Jewish history at the University of California, Los Angeles (Ph.D.), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Oxford University (Post-graduate Diploma) and also holds degrees from the University of Vermont (M.A. in U.S. history) and Rowan University of New Jersey (B.A. in English). His book, The Revolutionary Roots of Modern Yiddish,1903-1917 (Syracuse University Press, 2008) examines the impact of the 1905 Russian Revolution on the formation of Yiddish scholarship. His current project, on an attempt to publish a comprehensive encyclopedia in the Yiddish language, considers the shifting agenda of Yiddish-language research and the ways that the Nazi Holocaust shaped Yiddish scholars and Diaspora Nationalists' understanding of their task. In support of this project, he has been awarded a Summer Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2008), a Fellowship from the Frankel Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan (Spring 2009), and the Kiev Judaica Collection Fellowship Program at George Washington University (2012-13). He is also currently writing a book "The United States and the Nazi Holocaust: Legacies of a Genocide" for Bloomsbury Press.

In 2011, he co-led the Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar for Faculty at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. In 2013 he was an instructor at the Holocaust Educational Foundation's Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University.

Recent Publications:

“Bridging the “Great and Tragic Mekhitse”: Pre-war European Yiddish Serials and the Transition to Post-Khurbn America,” in Marion Aptroot, et al. eds., Leket : yidishe shtudyes haynt | Jiddistik heute | Yiddish Studies Today. (Düsseldorf: Düsseldorf University Press, 2012), 565-584.

“A Bible for a New Age: a History of the Dubnow Encyclopedia.” Yearbook of the Simon Dubnow Institute Volume 9 (2010) 507-521.

“Jewish Universalism, the Yiddish Encyclopedia and the Nazi Rise to Power.” In Gennady Estraikh and Misha Krutikov, eds. Yiddish in Weimar Berlin: At the Crossroads of Diaspora Politics and
(Oxford: Legenda Press, 2010) 195-214.

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