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BarryTrachtenbergBarry C.  Trachtenberg

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: History
Interim Director
Center for Jewish Studies

Expertise: Holocaust; modern Jewish history; antisemitism; Yiddish

Campus phone: (518) 442-3078
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Barry Trachtenberg is associate professor of History and director of the program in Judaic Studies. He is currently serving as interim director of the UAlbany Center for Jewish Studies. He 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). 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.

Trachtenberg was a fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan and a research fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum. He teaches classes on the Nazi Holocaust, antisemitism, modern and medieval Jewish history, and Jewish nationalism.