Faculty

The Steiner Summer Yiddish Program faculty reflect a variety of disciplines and a wide range of interests in contemporary Yiddish scholarship.

Core Faculty:

Asya Vaisman Schulman, the director of the Yiddish Language Institute at the Yiddish Book Center and adjunct assistant professor at Hampshire College, will teach Beginning Yiddish. Before joining the Center, Schulman taught Yiddish at Indiana University, where she was also the project manager of AHEYM, the Archives of Historical and Ethnographic Yiddish Memories. Schulman has taught Yiddish courses at Harvard, Columbia, the New York Workmen’s Circle, and Gann Academy in Waltham, Massachusetts. She holds a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, and a PhD in Yiddish from Harvard. Her PhD research was on the Yiddish songs and singing practices of contemporary Hasidic women.

Sharon Bar-Kochva is a Yiddish teacher and researcher of modern Yiddish and Hebrew literatures. She works at the Paris Yiddish Centre as a teacher and librarian and has taught Yiddish language and literature at several universities in Paris, as well as in summer courses in Paris, Strasbourg, and Warsaw. Her research interests include pseudonyms of Yiddish and Hebrew writers, Ashkenazi diasporic litterateurs, and the relationship between modern Hebrew and Yiddish literatures.

Visiting Faculty:

Justin Cammy is associate professor of Jewish studies and comparative literature at Smith College, where he directs the Program in Jewish Studies. A longtime member of the Steiner faculty, he is also a regular lecturer on Yiddish literature in the Naomi Kadar International Summer Yiddish Program at Tel Aviv University, where he served as Webb Family Visiting Scholar in Yiddish in 2013-14. Cammy has translated two works of Yiddish literature: Sholem Aleichem's Shomers mishpet (The Judgment of Shomer, 1888), and Hinde Bergner's In di lange vinternekht (On Long Winter Nights: Memoirs of a Jewish Family in a Galician Township, 1870-1900). His scholarly articles on such Yiddish writers as Avrom Sutzkever, Leyzer Volf, and Chaim Grade form the basis for his book Young Vilna: Yiddish Culture of the Last Generation, forthcoming from Indiana University Press. 

Samuel Kassow is the Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College in Hartford. He holds a PhD from Princeton University and an MS from the London School of Economics. The author of numerous articles and scholarly talks in English, Russian, Polish, and Yiddish, Kassow has also lectured and taught in Mexico, Lithuania, Russia, and Poland and is a lead consultant to the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. His latest book, Who Will Write Our History: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Secret Ghetto Archive, was published by Indiana University Press.

Tony Michels is the George L. Mosse Professor of American Jewish History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of the award-winning book A Fire in Their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York and editor of Jewish Radicals: A Documentary History. Michels is also co-editor of the journal Jewish Social Studies. He is finishing a book on the effect of the Russian Revolution on American Jews.   

"Asya Vaisman Schulman was the best language teacher I have ever had. She had such great, positive energy. Her course really changed the way I thought about language learning."
2015 Steiner student