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Allison Schachter

Chair, Department of Jewish Studies
Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and English

B.A. (Stanford University 1996)
Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley 2006)


Temporary Office: Benson 414

Allison Schachter specializes in modern Jewish literature and culture, with allied interests in modernism, transnationalism, diaspora, and gender studies. Her research focuses on how writers and artists responded to the historical transformations of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including the rise of nationalism, the explosion of revolutionary movements, and the radical transformations of gender norms. 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) and Women Writing Jewish Modernity, 1919-1939, 1919-1939 (Northwestern University Press, 2021). She is the co-translator, with Jordan Finkin of Fradl Shtok, From The Jewish Provinces, Selected Stories (Northwestern University Press, 2021).

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. She completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at U. C. Berkeley in 2006. 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, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Yiddish Book Center, and the Simon Dubnow Institute.

She has published widely in a range of peer-reviewed journals including, PMLA, Jewish Quarterly Review, Prooftexts, Modern Language Quarterly, Comparative Literature, and Mekhere yerushalayim be-sifrut ivrit.

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