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Elissa Bemporad
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|Queens College
Phone: 718-997-5365
Office Hours: by appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD Stanford University
Research Interests: Jewish history; Russia and the Soviet Union; gender; Holocaust and genocide studies

Elissa Bemporad is the author of Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk (Indiana University Press, 2013), winner of the National Jewish Book Award (in the category of Writing Based on Archival Material), finalist of the National Jewish Book Award (in the category of Modern Jewish Thought and Experience), winner of the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History, and recipient of Honorable Mention for the Jordan Schnitzer Prize in Modern Jewish History. The Russian edition was recently published with ROSSPEN, in the History of Stalinism Series. She is currently finishing a book entitled Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets, which will be published with Oxford University Press. Elissa is also co-editing two volumes: Women and Genocide (Indiana University Press), a collection of studies on the multifaceted roles played by women in different genocidal contexts during the twentieth century; and a collection of primary sources on Jewish women in Central and Eastern Europe entitled Gender and Jewish Women in Central and Eastern Europe (which will be published with Palgrave-Macmillan, in the Gender and Sexualities in History Series). She has recently been a recipient of an NEH Fellowship and a Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. Elissa's projects in progress include research for a biography of Ester Frumkin, the most prominent Jewish female political activist and public figure in late Imperial Russia and in the early Soviet Union.


JPEG 1: Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk (Indiana University Press, 2013)


Prevrashenie v sovetskikh evreev: bolshevitskii eksperiment v Minske (ROSSPEN, 2016)


Itskhok Leybush Peretz: Il Tempo del Messia e altri racconti, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, Roma, 2014 (Elissa Bemporad & Margherita Pascucci eds.)
Step by Step: Contemporary Yiddish Poetry, Verbarium, Quodlibet, Firenze, 2009 (Elissa Bemporad & Margherita Pascucci eds.)