Chair, Department of Jewish Studies
Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and English
B.A. (Stanford University 1996)
Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley 2006)
142 Buttrick Hall
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. She has received grants in support of her work from the Graduate Division at the University of California, Berkeley, the National Foundation of Jewish culture, Vanderbilt University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Her publications include: “The Shtetl and the City: The Origins of Modern Jewish Nostalgia in Shloyme reb khayims and Ba-yamim ha-hem.” Jewish Social Studies. 12.3 (2006); “Dovid Bergelson and the Landscape of Yiddish Modernism.” East European Jewish Affairs. 38.1 (2008); “A Lily Among Bullfrogs: Dahlia Ravikovitch and the Field of Hebrew Poetry.” Prooftexts. 28:3 (2008); Modernist Indexicality: The Language of Gender, Race, and Domesticity in Hebrew and Yiddish Modernism,” MLQ 72.4 (2011).
She teaches an array of courses in modern Jewish literature, modernism, and literary theory.