Dr. Shira Klein
- RO 205
- Office Hours:
- Tue./Thu. 1-2:30
- Tel Aviv University, Bachelor of Arts
University la Sapienza, Master of Arts
New York University, Ph.D.
Shira Klein is an assistant professor of History. Dr. Shira Klein joined the History Department in Fall 2012 after completing her PhD at New York University. She is currently revising her doctoral dissertation into a book manuscript, a cultural history of Italian Jews in the modern period. It enquires into the experiences of Italian Jews, as individuals, as families, and as a community, from the time of emancipation in the nineteenth century until after the Holocaust. This research expands the traditional boundaries of European Jewish history. It encompasses both the prewar and postwar periods, and examines both Europe and the United States and Palestine, the overseas destinations of Italian Jewish emigrants.Dr Klein teaches both introductory surveys and more in-depth courses in Jewish, European, migration, and Holocaust history.
Awards and Fellowships:
Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Scholarship
Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, New York University
Peer-reviewed: “An Army of Housewives: Women’s Wartime Columns in Two Mainstream Israeli Newspapers,” Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues, Indiana University Press, Vol. 15, Spring 2008, p. 88-107.
“Teaching Research Skills and German-Jewish History with DigiBaeck,” Leo Baeck Institute Newsletter, September 2013. Viewable here.
Review of Elizabeth Schächter, The Jews of Italy, 1848-1915: Between Tradition and Transformation (London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2011), Journal of Jewish Identities, July 2013. Viewable here.
Co-authored with A. Kuerbis and M. Armillas-Tiseyra, "Building Bridges," Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, March-April 2011, p. 57-58.
“Displaced Persons Act,” in Anti-Immigration in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia, edited by Kathleen Arnold. Santa Barbara: Greenwood Press, 2011, p. 160-165.
Hist 234: 3,000 Years of Jewish History
This survey course on Jewish history explores Jewish life and identity from Biblical times to the present. Primary sources include the Bible, Rabbinic literature, folklore, diary excerpts, films, and websites.
Hist 358: Jewish Life from Napoleon to Hitler
This course on Jews in Western Europe traces the history of Jews in France, Germany, and Italy, from their civil emancipation in the wake of the French Revolution, and up to the post-Holocaust period. Students use primary and secondary sources to explore the tumultuous changes that took place in Western Europe over the last 200 years, and the effect they had on the Jewish minority.
Hist 357: History of Jewish Migration
Students trace the central migrations in Jewish history, from exile in the 6th century BCE, to migration to Israel in the 1950s. We examine the “push” and “pull” factors that governed Jewish movement throughout the ages. Primary sources include government documents, memoirs, novels, songs, and immigrant letters.
Hist 317: On the Move! Migrations in World History
This course explores immigrant groups in the last 500 years, including African slave migration, British colonialists in India, Chinese labor migrants, and Palestinian refugees. For each group, we look at causes for departure, adaptation to new destinations, and memory of the migration.
Hist 305: Cooking, Clothes, and Comics: History of Daily Life in Modern Europe
How did “ordinary” Europeans experience history? This course examines Europe from the French Revolution to the present day. Every week we look at a select period or event in European history. Students roam the continent, from France to Russia, from Britain to Italy, and consider Europe’s contact with the rest of the globe. Primary sources include movies, songs, and comic books.