Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Prof. Tatjana Lichtenstein Appointed Associate Director of Schusterman Ctr for Jewish Studies

Wed, February 22, 2017
Prof. Tatjana Lichtenstein Appointed Associate Director of Schusterman Ctr for Jewish Studies
Dr. Tatjana Lichtenstein

Dr. Tatjana Lichtenstein — Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and in the Department of History — has been selected as the new Associate Director of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at UT Austin


Dr. Lichtenstein’s research focuses on minorities, nationalism, state-building, war and genocide in Eastern Europe in the 20th century. Her monograph, Zionists in Interwar Czechoslovakia: Minority Nationalism and the Politics of Belonging, was published by Indiana University Press in 2016. It explores how Zionist activists attempted to transform Jewish culture and society in ways that would allow Jews to claim belonging in the new multinational state. In Czechoslovakia, Zionists aimed to create objective and legitimate markers of Jews’ ethnic difference, as well as to construct a new Jewish ideal that would facilitate Jews’ acculturation, social integration, and civic equality. For these activists, Zionism functioned not as an exit strategy, but as a ticket of admission to European society.

Presently, Dr. Lichtenstein is working on a new book project entitled Intimacy and Persecution: Jews, Non-Jews, and the Holocaust in the Bohemian Lands. It explores the experiences of intermarried Jewish and non-Jewish families during the Second World War.

Dr. Lichtenstein's classes here at UT focus on the Holocaust and the World Wars in Eastern Europe. In these courses, she introduces students to the broad ideological and political background for the wars, to ordinary people’s wartime experiences, as well as to the legacies of mass violence in European societies. She has been part of the Frank Denius Normandy Scholar Program on World War II since 2014. She holds degrees from the University of Toronto (PhD), Brandeis University (MA), and the University of Copenhagen (BA/MA). Before coming to UT in 2009, she was a Schusterman Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish studies at American University in Washington, D.C.


Thanks to The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies for providing the original version of this story.


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