Jessica Kirzane, Asst. Instructional Professor of Yiddish, Dept. of Germanic Studies, was recently interviewed for the podcast Vaybertaytsh. In it she spoke about her new translation of Karpilove's Diary of a Lonely Girl, or The Battle against Free Love (Syracuse University Press, 2020). To hear the inteview click here.
Jessica teaches Yiddish language as well as courses in Yiddish literature and culture. She received her PhD in Yiddish Studies from Columbia University in 2017. She is the Editor-in-Chief of In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies. In addition, she has held several positions at the Yiddish Book Center: Translation Fellow in 2017-18, Pedagogy Fellow in 2018-19, and as an editor and contributor to the Teach Great Jewish Books site of the Yiddish Book Center. Her research interests include race, sex, gender, and regionalism in American Jewish and Yiddish literature and has published articles on the idea of rural America in Yiddish literature, interethnic romance in Yiddish periodicals, and lynching in American Yiddish literature.