Russell and Bettina Knapp Associate Professor of American Jewish History
Rebecca Kobrin works in the field of American Jewish History. She received her B.A. (1994) from Yale University, her M.Phil. (1995), and Ph.D. (2002) from the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Kobrin served as the Hilda Blaustein Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale University (2002-2004) and as the American Academy of Jewish Research Post-Doctoral Fellow at New York University (2004-6). Her areas of specialty are American Jewish history and American immigration history, focusing on the early-twentieth century Russian-Jewish diaspora. Her forthcoming book Between Exile and Empire: East European Jewish Migration and the New Jewish Diaspora, was awarded the Center for Jewish History’s Sandra and Fred Rose Young Historian’s Award. It examines the ways in which American Jewish migrants’ trans-Atlantic financial, literary and organizational networks transformed life in Eastern Europe during the early-twentieth century. Her current research looks at the relationship between Jews and money in twentieth-century America focusing on perceptions of American Jewish power both in the United States and in inter-war Europe. Her publications include "Trans-Atlantic Detachments: The Interdependence of Polish Jews in America and Poland, 1919-1939," Simon-Dubnow-Institut Jahrbuch I (2002), 107-131; “Rewriting the Diaspora: Eastern Europe in the Bialystok Landsmanshaft Press, 1921-1939,” Jewish Social Studies 12:3 (Spring 2006), 1-38. “The Shtetl by the Highway: The East European City in New York’s Yiddish Landsmanshaft Press, 1921-1939,” Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History 26:1-2 (Spring 2006), 107-137.