Program Director of Jewish Studies
Allison Schachter specializes in modern Jewish literature and culture, with allied interests in modernism, transnationalism, and diaspora studies. Her research focuses on Jewish writers’ responses to the historical transformations of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, such as the rise of nationalism, the forces of secularization, and the upheaval of traditional gender roles. Trained as a comparativist, her research encompasses Hebrew, Yiddish, English, and French literature. She is the author of Diasporic Modernisms: Hebrew and Yiddish Literature in the Twentieth Century (Oxford University Press, 2012). At present she is working on a manuscript entitled Gender, Secularism, and Jewish Modernity. At Vanderbilt, she teaches an array of courses in modern Jewish literature, modernism, and literary theory.
She received her B.A. with honors in Comparative Literature from Stanford University in 1996. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2007 to pursue research on Hebrew literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. While in Jerusalem she began studying Yiddish, continuing her Yiddish studies at YIVO, the Yiddish Institute in Vilnius, and the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at U. C. Berkeley in 2006.