Zvi Gitelman

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Zvi Gitelman 2012

Preston R. Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies

Office Location(s): 7759 Haven Hall
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Center for Russian and East European Studies
    • Frankel Center for Judaic Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • Politics of Eastern Europe
    • Race, Ethnicity and Politics
    • Judaic Studies
  • About

    Zvi Gitelman studies ethnicity and politics, especially in former Communist countries, as well as Israeli politics, East European politics, and Jewish political thought and behavior. His most recent book is Jewish Identities in Postcommunist Russia and Ukraine: An Uncertain Ethnicity, published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. It draws on two large surveys that he conducted with two colleagues in Russia. Gitelman’s current projects are two edited volumes, on the Russian-speaking Jewish diaspora (Rutgers University Press, 2016) and on Jewish literature in the interwar (1918-1939) period (Yale University Press, 2016). He is writing a book on ethnic relations in the Soviet armed forces and the partisans during the war, and Soviet policy regarding the Holocaust. It is based on hundreds of oral testimonies of Soviet Jewish veterans of World War Two, and on Soviet archives.

  • Education
    • Columbia University, Ph.D
    • Columbia University, M.A. and Russian Institute Certificate
    • Columbia College, A.B.
    • Jewish Theological Seminary, B. Heb. Lit.
  • Courses Taught
    • Ethnicity and Politics
    • Jewish Political Thought and Experiences: Eastern Europe, America and Israel
    • Israeli Politics and Society
    • The Politics and Culture of Modern East European Jewry