Anna Shternshis smiling

Anna Shternshis

Al and Malka Green Professor of Yiddish Studies
Director, Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


416 978 8131


room 218, JHB, 170 St. George Street


Anna Shternshis holds the position of Al and Malka Green Professor of Yiddish Studies and Director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. She received her doctoral degree (D.Phil) in Modern Languages and Literatures from Oxford University in 2001. Shternshis is the author of Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Popular Culture in the Soviet Union, 1923 – 1939 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006) and When Sonia Met Boris: An Oral History of Jewish Life under Stalin (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017). She is also the author of over 20 articles on the Soviet Jews during World War II, Russian Jewish culture and post-Soviet Jewish diaspora. She lectures widely around the world and is a frequent guest on radio shows worldwide (CBC, NPR, Australian Broadcast Corporation, and more). Her work has been featured in printed media in Canada, United States, Israel, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Poland and Australia. Shternshis served as an executive producer of the Yiddish Glory project, the initiative that brought back to life the forgotten Yiddish music written during the Holocaust in the Soviet Union.

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