Rutgers University

Jeffrey Shandler

Jeffrey Shandler, a scholar of modern and contemporary Jewish culture, is Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. He has written and lectured widely on American and East European Jewish culture, specializing in modern Yiddish culture, Holocaust remembrance, and the role that broadcasting, photography, film, and other media play in modern Jewish life, among other topics. His books include Shtetl: A Vernacular Intellectual History (2014), an examination of how Jewish life in East European provincial towns has become the subject of extensive creativity, memory, and scholarship, Jews, God, and Videotape: Religion and Media in America (2009), which examines the impact of new communications technologies and media practices on the religious life of American Jews over the past century, Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language and Culture (2005), a study of contemporary Yiddish culture, and While America Watches: Televising the Holocaust (1999). He served as President of the Association for Jewish Studies in 2011 – 2013.


  • Anne Frank from Diary to Book and Beyond
  • Jews Fighting Prejudice on American Radio, 1939-1955
  • Tchotchkes: American Yiddish Material Culture after World War II
  • The ‘December Dilemma’: Christmas in American Jewish Popular Culture
  • The Holocaust on American Television
  • Seeing As Believing: Watching Videotaped Interviews with Holocaust Survivors
  • Behold the Vanished World: Visions of Prewar East European Jewish Life after the Holocaust