Shira Klein is an assistant professor of History, working on modern Jewish history. Her areas of expertise are Italian Jewry, Jewish migration, and the Holocaust. Dr. Klein joined the History Department in Fall 2012 after completing her PhD at New York University. Her book Italy’s Jews from Emancipation to Fascism came out in 2018 with Cambridge University Press. Dr Klein’s new project examines the encounter between Jews and Italy’s African empire, from the 1890s to World War II.
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:
- Barbieri Grant in Modern Italian History, Trinity College
- Yad Hanadiv/Beracha Foundation Fellowship in Jewish Studies
- Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Scholarship
- USC Shoah Foundation International Teaching Fellow
- Pedagogical Innovation Award, Chapman University
- Paula Hyman Mentorship Program Recipient (HUC & JTS)
- Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, New York University
- Italy’s Jews from Emancipation to Fascism (Cambridge University Press, 2018). View here.
- “Challenging the Myth of Italian Jewish Assimilation,” Modern Judaism 37 (1), February 2017 76-107. View here.
- “An Army of Housewives: Women’s Wartime Columns in Two Mainstream Israeli Newspapers,” Nashim: Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues, Vol. 15, Spring 2008, p. 88-107. View here.
- Podcast Interview on Italy’s Jews from Emancipation to Fascism, for New Books Network, May 2018. View 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.
- “Displaced Persons Act,” in Anti-Immigration in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia, edited by Kathleen Arnold. Santa Barbara: Greenwood Press, 2011, p. 160-165. View here.
- Hist 234: 3,000 Years of Jewish History
- Hist 358: Jewish Life from Napoleon to Hitler: France, Italy, Germany
- Hist 357: History of Jewish Migration
- Hist 317: On the Move! Migrations in World History
- Hist 305: Cooking, Clothes, and Comics: History of Daily Life in Modern Europe
- Hist 520C: Migration and War (Course in the MA War & Society Program)