» Dr. Shira Klein
Assistant Professor

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Department of History
Dr. Shira Klein
Office Location:
Roosevelt Hall 134
Office Hours:
T/TH 9-10a
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:

  • USC Shoah Foundation International Teaching Fellow
  • Paula Hyman Mentorship Program Recipient (HUC & JTS)
  • Yad Hanadiv/Beracha Foundation Fellowship in Jewish Studies
  • Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Scholarship
  • Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, New York University



  • “Challenging the Myth of Italian Jewish Assimilation,” Modern Judaism (forthcoming in 2017)
  • “An Army of Housewives: Women’s Wartime Columns in Two Mainstream Israeli Newspapers,” Nashim: Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues, Vol. 15, Spring 2008, p. 88-107. View here.

Other Publications:

  • Multimedia Israel: New Methods of Teaching Zionism,” Podcast Interview for Tel Aviv Review, June 2016. Viewable here.
  • "History Lessons Cast in Bronze,” Chapman Magazine, October 2015. Viewable here.
  • “How to Use Wikipedia to Teach Jewish Studies,” AJSNews: Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, May 2015. Viewable here.
  • Interview for Ha Keillah: Turin’s Jewish Community Newsletter, March 2015 (in Italian). Viewable here.
  • “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. Viewable here.
  • “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. View here.


  • Hist 234: 3,000 Years of Jewish History
  • Hist 358: Jewish Life from Napoleon to Hitler: France, Italy, Germany
  • Hist 357: History of Jewish Migration
  • Hist 317: On the Move! Migrations in World History
  • Hist 305: Cooking, Clothes, and Comics: History of Daily Life in Modern Europe
  • Hist 520C: Migration and War (Course in the MA War & Society Program)