Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,1993.
MA in Folklore. University of Pennsylvania, , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1991.
BA, in English, University of Pennsylvania, Phialdelphia, Pennsylvania, 1979.
2000 till present. Associate Editor, Yiddish Forward Newspaper, New York.
1991- 2000, Assistant Professor, Yiddish Language and Culture, Dept. of Germanic
Languages, Univeristy of Texas at Austin.
1986-91, Instructor, Yiddish Language, Dept. of Germanic Languages, University of
1981-1986, Archivist, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Book: Defining the Yiddish Nation: The Yiddish Folklorists of Poland, Wayne State
University Press, 2003
Yiddish Folk Laments (in Yiddish‟ , YIVO-Bleter, new series, Volume 4, 2003.
The Yiddish Bruklin-Bronzvil Post A Neigborhood Paper and Its Neighborhood , in
Yiddish, volume 13, no 2-3.
Folk and Folklore in the Work of Bashevis‟ in The Hidden Isaac Bashevis Singer, ed.
Seth L. Wolitz, University of Texas Press, Austin, 2001.
Editor: Di Zukunft, literary journal, the oldest Yiddish publication founded in 1892.
2001 – 2007
Weekly articles on Yiddish Folklore and Yiddish music in the Forverts
2000 – present
Selected Current Teaching and Lectures, Activities
Director of Ansky Jewish Folklore Research Project part of the Center for Traditional
Music and Dance, NYC. Includes directing the blog Yiddish Song of the Week to
highlight rare Yiddish folksong recordings. 2010 – present
The Life of the Yiddish Folksinger‟, February 2010
George Stonitz Memorial Lecture, University of Indiana, Bloomington.
Co-Leader of Workshop on Traditional Yiddish Song at Yiddish Summer Weimar
Lecturer on Yiddish Culture at „KlezKanada 2002 – present.
Who Collected Yiddish Folklore for YIVO and Why, Yiddish Conference,
University of California, Berkeley, May 2007
Weeklong Seminar on Yiddish Folklore, Paris Yiddish Center/Medem Library,
Defining the Yiddish Nation: The Jewish Folklorists of Poland, Jewish Studies Program at Queens College, NYC November 2004