I am a historian of Eurasia at Yale University, where I have just submitted my doctoral dissertation. I study education, labor, and family life in modern Europe. I am not great with boundaries, though: I sometimes cross into the Middle East and Central Asia or go back to the eighteenth century. My work brings together comparative literature and comparative historical sociology to forge rich narratives of social change.
In 2023–24, I am away from New Haven on various fellowships. I spend the Summer 2023 as a Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Contemporary History in Ljubljana, Fall 2023 at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, and Spring 2024 as a Visiting Profesor at the University of Hradec Králové’s Historical Institute and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon. I was lucky to be in residence at the Open Society Archives in Budapest and the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.
Through my teaching, I bring my interest in how people build their lives and make sense of the world to students of various backgrounds. To even wider audiences, I strive to write whenever my expertise can shed light on contemporary problems. I have been doing so in my native Hebrew, English, and an increasing number of European, Middle Eastern, and Eurasian languages.