Education

2009                M.A. and C. Phil in History, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

2004                B.A. in History, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, awarded with High Honors

2013                Ph.D. in History, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Professional Appointments

2019-present   Associate Director, UCLA Leve Center for Jewish Studies

2014-present Chief Digital Curator, Mapping Jewish Los Angeles Project

2014-2019       Research and Digital Projects Manager, UCLA Leve Center for Jewish Studies     

2014-2019 Ross Post Doctoral Research Fellow, UCLA Leve Center for Jewish Studies                          

Publications

Journal Articles

“Yiddish Writers in Los Angeles and the Jewish Fantasy Past,” American Jewish History, 102, no. 4 (Oct. 2018).

“Jewish Socialists in the Land of Sunshine: Freedom, Spring and the Pesach Spirit of the Future,” Shofar: a Journal of Jewish Studies, 35 no. 4 (Summer, 2017): 21-41.   

“Yiddish Literature in the American West.” In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies (August 2015).

“Socialism, Radicalism, and the Jewish Labor Movement in Los Angeles: History and Historiography, Perush 2, no. 1 (Feb. 2010).                      

 Book Chapters

“’The Tools of Justice’: Nonviolence and the Montgomery Bus Boycott,” in Rev. James M. Lawson ed., Nonviolence and Social Movements: The Teachings of Rev. James M. Lawson Jr. Los Angeles: UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, 2016.

“Re-Examining Jewish Boyle Heights Los Angeles “Lower East Side”: Jewish Bakers Union Local 453 and Yiddish Food Culture in 1920s Boyle Heights” in Karen Wilson ed., Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013.

Digital Exhibits

100 Years of Sephardic Los Angeles,” UCLA Sephardic Archive Initiative, 2020

Recovering Yiddish Culture in Los Angeles,” Mapping Jewish Los Angeles, 2016

Hugo Ballin’s Los Angeles,” Mapping Jewish Los Angeles, 2014

The White Plague in the City of Angels,” Mapping Jewish Los Angeles, 2013

Reviews

“Recovering Mobility in American Jewish History, review of Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America (New York: New York University Press, 2017) by Shari Rabin,” Transfers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies 8 no. 2 (2018).

Sunshine was Never Enough: Los Angeles Workers, 1880-2010, by John H. M. Laslett, Berkeley University of California Press, 2013,” Journal of San Diego History 60, no. 1-2 (Winter/Spring 2014): 105-106

Awards and Honors

2012-2013     Rose and Isidore Drench Memorial Fellowship, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.                                              

2012               Travel Grant, Labor and Working Class History Association.

2011-2012    Am Tabor Foundation Pre-Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA History Department.

2010-2011       History Council Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, UCLA History Department.

2010                Summer Research Grant, Haynes Foundation/Historical Society of Southern California.  

2010 Summer Research Grant, New York Public Library, Dorot Jewish Division. 

2010 Research Grant, UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.

Lectures and Presentations

Invited LectureS

2019                “Jewish Radicals in Boyle Heights,” Alpert Jewish Community Center, Long Beach.

2017                “The Surprising History of Consumption: Yiddish Poets and L.A.’s Pioneering Jewish Hospitals,” “L.A. Made” at the Los Angeles Public Library.

2015                “Yiddish By the Sea,” Mishkon Tephilo Synagogue, Los Angeles 2015 “Hugo Ballin’s Los Angeles: Mapping Los Angeles’ Jewish History in the Digital Age,” Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.

2013                “Dos Durem-Land Baym Yam (The Southland by the Sea): Yiddish Culture and Community Organizing in Early Twentieth Century Los Angeles,” California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language, Los Angeles. 2013                 “Visions of a Jewish Future: Jewish Bakers, Community Organizing and Yiddish Culture in the Dos Durem-Land Baym Yam (The Southland by the Sea),” Center for Jewish History, New York.

Conference presentations

2019                “Ties that Bund: the History and Relevance of the Jewish Labor Bund,” Roundtable, Association of Jewish Studies Conference, San Diego.

2018               “Anarchist Diasporism/Diasporic Anarchism: Jewish Antistatism and Statelessness,” Association of Jewish Studies Annual Conference, Boston.

2018                 “Disruptive Paradigms: Jews and the Multicultural Matrix of Southern California and Beyond,” American Jewish Historical Society Biennial Conference, Philadelphia. 

2016                “Yiddish Writers Encounter the Land of Sunshine,” American Jewish Historical Society Biennial Conference, New York.

2016               “Yiddish Writers in Los Angeles and the Jewish Fantasy Past,” Society for the Study of the Multi Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) Annual, Boston.

2015               “’Fievel Goes West’: Jewish Literature in the American West,” Association of Jewish Studies Annual Conference, Boston.

2014                “Reconstructing the Landscape of Yiddish Culture in “Dos Durem-Land Baym Yam,’Liminal Spaces and the Jewish Literary Imagination, UC Santa Cruz.

2014              “Democratizing the Canon: Yiddish Culture in Los Angeles and the Promise of Digital Humanities,” Beyond the Canon, UCLA.

2013                “Viva Pastrami! – Jewish and Mexican Immigrants in East Los Angeles and the Ethno-Racial Boundaries of Working-Class Identity,” Association of Jewish Studies Annual Conference, Boston.

2012               “The Jewish Bakers Union and the Jewish Food Chain,” North American Labor History Conference, Wayne State University.

2012 “The Fight for Bread: Labor Coalitions and Jewish Identity in Boyle Heights,” California American Studies Association Graduate Conference, Pitzer College.

2011                “The Jewish Bakers Union and Food Culture in 1920s Los Angeles,” Working Class Studies Association Conference, University of Illinois, Chicago.

Campus and Departmental Talks

2019                “The Bund in the Borderlands,” Leve Center for Jewish Studies, UCLA.

2017                “’On the Trail with Lung-fellow’: Tuberculosis and Yiddish Literature in the American West,” Leve Center for Jewish Studies, UCLA.

2014                “It Did Happen Here: Mapping Anti-Nazi Activism in Los Angeles, 1933-1941,” Leve Center for Jewish Studies, UCLA.

Teaching Experience

2018-2019       Undergraduate Seminar, “Workers of the World Unite? Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Los Angeles Labor Movement,” Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Labor Studies Program, UCLA.

2017-2018       Undergraduate Lower-Division Lecture, “American Working Class Movements,” History Department, UCLA.

2017-2018      Undergraduate Seminar, “Workers of the World Unite? Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Los Angeles Labor Movement,” Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Labor Studies, UCLA.

2017-2018        Capstone Seminar, Digital Humanities Program.

2016-2017       Undergraduate Seminar, “Workers of the World Unite? Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Los Angeles Labor Movement,” Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Labor Studies, UCLA.

2016-2017   Capstone Seminar, Digital Humanities Program.

2015-2016       Undergraduate Seminar, “Jews in Los Angeles: Representation, Memory and History in the Digital Age,” Service Learning Program, Department of History, UCLA.

2015-2016 Capstone Seminar, Digital Humanities Program.

2013                Undergraduate Seminar, “From Soil to Service: Los Angeles’ Economy and the People Who Built It,” Department of History, UCLA.

2009-2012       Teaching Fellowship,Work, Labor and Social Justice” Freshman Cluster Program, UCLA.

Digital Humanities, Public History and Archives Experience

2020                Co-Curator, “100 Years of Sephardic Los Angeles,” Exhibition for Jewish Cultural Heritage Month, Los Angeles City Hall.

2018                Lead Curator, “Jews of Los Angeles: A Sense of Home, A Sense of Place,” Exhibition for Jewish Cultural Heritage Month, Los Angeles City Hall.

2016                Lead Curator and Project Manager, “From Brooklyn Avenue to Cesar Chavez: Jewish Histories in Multiethnic Boyle Heights,” Exhibition, UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, with related event series sponsored by the UC Humanities Research Institute. 

2015                Lead Archivist, Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel Archive, Los Angeles.

2009-2011       Lead Archivist, The Justice for Janitors History Project, UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, SEIU United Service Workers West.

2007-2009       Intern, Center for Primary Research Training (CFPRT), UCLA Library Special Collections.