Fran Sternberg

Lecturer, Jewish Studies
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Fran Sternberg received her PhD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (2000) and has also studied at the University of Chicago, Brooklyn College (City University of New York), and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (New York), where she was a fellow at the Max Weinreich Center for Advanced Jewish Studies. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the socio-historical study of two neighboring Jewish communities in the Białystok province of northeastern Poland during the interwar period; and her areas of interest include 19th and 20th century East European Jewry, interwar Polish Jewry, the shtetl, and the Holocaust.

  • PhD, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • MA, University of Chicago
  • BA, Brooklyn College

Specialties: Modern Jewish history, medieval and early modern European Jewry, East European Jewry, interwar Polish Jewry, the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, the history of Jewish women. and pragmatics, general and Jewish folklore, Jewish culture

Upcoming Program Events

The College Monthly Faculty/Staff Newsletter, Dec. 2017: In Jewish studies, a major symposium came together thanks to the efforts of program assistant Carla Aspenberg. She organized the “Jews in the Midwest” conference featuring four speakers from outside campus, as well as KU. She has also assisted the transition of a new director of undergraduate studies and managed other duties amid staff changes. And following the conference in November, she quickly switched gears to organizing a new, unexpected faculty hire in the department. Director John Younger said that without Carla, “Jewish studies would be dead in the water.”

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