A native of Brooklyn, I have been at Trinity University for over a third of a century and have come to appreciate greatly San Antonio culture and ease of life. I used to follow all kinds of theoretical approaches to literature, but now I approach texts more and more as esthetic works and historical testimony and try to influence my students in the same direction: less cogitation, more informed appreciation.
Ph.D., Yale University
M.A., Columbia University in the City of New York
B.A., Cornell University
Splendor, Decline, and Rediscovery of Yiddish in Latin America, volume co-edited with Malena Chinski (Leiden: Brill, 2018).
“Avatars of Third-Generation Holocaust Narrative in French and Spanish,” in Third-Generation Holocaust Narratives: Memory in Memoir and Fiction, ed. Victoria Aarons (Laudham, MD: Lexington, 2016), pp. 103-130
“Revisiting Wiesel’s Night in Yiddish, French and English,” Partial Answers 12.1 (2014), pp. 127-152
“Le yiddish en France,” in Histoire sociale des langues de France, ed. Georg Kremnitz, Fañch Broudic et al. (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes 2013), pp. 547-57
“Carlos M. Grünberg’s Circumcision of the Tongue” Journal of Jewish Identities 5.1 (2012), pp. 1-14.
French: language, literature and culture (all levels).
Spanish: language (including "languages across the curriculum").
Yiddish: language, culture and film (in Jewish studies cluster).
Community service & Involvement
I translate documents for locals doing genealogical research and am a member of organizations furthering viewpoint diversity.
I have served on various University committees and once was member of the Faculty Senate. I enjoy advising students and helping them navigate bureaucratic complexities.