Associate Professor, Department of Literature; Director, Jewish Studies Program; Director, Russian and Soviet Studies Program, University of California in San Diego. She is the author of Jews and Ukrainians in Russia’s Literary Borderlands: From the Shtetl Fair to the Petersburg Bookshop (Northwestern U. Press, 2012), the translator of Proletpen: America’s Rebel Yiddish Poets (U. Wisconsin Press, 2005), and the editor of Stories of Khmelnytsky: Competing Literary Legacies of the 1648 Ukrainian Cossack Uprising. She is currently collaborating with Prof. Steven Lee (Ph.D Stanford in Modern Thought and Literature) on an edited volume, Comintern Aesthetics. She is also at work on a study of Yiddish poets and leftist internationalism in the 1930s.