University of Michigan

Jeffrey Veidlinger

Jeffrey Veidlinger is Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies and Director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. Professor Veidlinger is the author, most recently, of In the Shadow of the Shtetl: Small-Town Jewish Life in Soviet Ukraine, which won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for History and was featured in the New York Review of Books. His previous books include The Moscow State Yiddish Theater: Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stagewhich won a National Jewish Book Award and the Barnard Hewitt Award for Theater Scholarship, and Jewish Public Culture in the Late Russian Empire, which won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Scholarship and the J. I . Segal Prize. His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from numerous agencies, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council. From 1999-2013, he taught at Indiana University, where he was Alvin H. Rosenfeld Chair in Jewish Studies, Professor of History, and Director of the Borns Jewish Studies Program. Veidlinger is Associate Chair of the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History and a member of the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.  His book, Going to the People: Jews and the Ethnographic Impulse is forthcoming with Indiana University Press, and he is currently conducting research on anti-Jewish violence in Ukraine.


  • Pogroms, Peace, War, Revolution and Holocaust
  • Listening and Remembering: Experiences in Oral History
  • Acting Jewish: Yiddish Theater in Stalin’s Russia
  • Marc Chagall and the Artists of the Soviet Yiddish Theater
  • Some Kind of Victory: Jewish Life in the Postwar Soviet Union
  • The Shoah in the Shtetl: Holocaust Memories from Ukraine