Shira Klein works on modern Jewish history. Her book Italy’s Jews from Emancipation to Fascism (Cambridge University Press, 2018) was selected as finalist for the 2018 National Jewish Book Award. Her next book project will examine the encounter between Jews and Italy’s African empire, from the 1890s to World War II. Dr Klein’s areas of expertise are Italian Jewry, Jewish migration, and the Holocaust.
Dr. Klein teaches both introductory surveys and more in-depth courses in Jewish, European, migration, and Holocaust history. She incorporates digital humanities tools in her classes, and has published on pedagogical issues.
Awards and Fellowships:
Book:Italy’s Jews from Emancipation to Fascism
2018 National Jewish Book Award Finalist in
two categories: "History" & "Writing Based on
“Brava Gente: Debunking the Myth of Jew-Loving Italians,” podcast in Tel Aviv Review, May 2018. Listen here.
Podcast Interview on Italy’s Jews from Emancipation to Fascism, for New Books Network, May 2018. Listen here.
Multimedia Israel: New Methods of Teaching Zionism,” Podcast Interview for Tel Aviv Review, June 2016. View here.
"History Lessons Cast in Bronze,” Chapman Magazine, October 2015. View here.
“How to Use Wikipedia to Teach Jewish Studies,” AJSNews: Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, May 2015. View here.
Interview for Ha Keillah: Turin’s Jewish Community Newsletter, March 2015 (in Italian). View here.
“Teaching Research Skills and German-Jewish History with DigiBaeck,” Leo Baeck Institute Newsletter, September 2013. View here.
Review of Elizabeth Schächter, The Jews of Italy, 1848-1915: Between Tradition and Transformation (London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2011), Journal of Jewish Identities, July 2013. View here.
Co-authored with A. Kuerbis and M. Armillas-Tiseyra, "Building Bridges," Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, March-April 2011, p. 57-58. View here.