I am a historian of modern Europe and Eurasia at Yale University, where I am currently writing my doctoral dissertation. With a background in sociology, linguistics, and cultural studies, I work on the junction between society, culture, and the individual across a vast territory that stretches from Central Europe to the Caucasus.
My dissertation, “Tomorrow Belongs to Me: Coming-of-Age in the Other Europe, 1890-1968,” reconstructs the making of the modern young adult. It teases out a significant tension in twentieth-century history: While the period between 1890 and 1973 saw total wars, genocide, political instability, new modes of living, economic crises, and constant reimaginations of society and state, it was also the most standardized period in the human life course. How do these two facts work together? How could a young European plan their life in such conditions? How can we, then, understand youth rebellions and generational conflicts in 1890, 1968, or today?
Through my teaching, I bring my interest in the way people build their lives, participate in History, 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 do all of this in my native Hebrew, in English, and in a select number of European and Eurasian languages.