Faculty Emeriti

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Yael Zerubavel
Professor Emerita of Jewish Studies & History; and Founding Director, The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life
Degree: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Additional Degree(s): M.A., University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Tel-Aviv University
Specialty: Modern Middle East: History of Memory
Website: http://jewishstudies.rutgers.edu/component/content/126?task=view
Email: yael.zerubavel@rutgers.edu
Office: 12 College Avenue
Phone: 848-932-2033

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Collective memory, autobiographical memory, history & memory
  • Nationalism, national myths
  • Tradition and change
  • Israeli culture, Israeli literature
  • Jewish memory, Jewish space
  • Jewish immigrant literature

COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT

  • Israeli Culture
  • Cultural Memory
  • Jewish Immigrant Experience
  • Jewish Memory
  • Jewish Space
  • Trauma and Memory in Israeli Culture
  • Israeli Society through Film

PUBLICATIONS [Click for Complete List]

Books

  • Recovered Roots: Collective Memory and the Making of Israeli National Tradition. (University of Chicago Press, 1995; paperback 1997).
  • Desert in the Promised Land: Memory, Space and the Counterplace in Israeli Culture (under contract with the University of Chicago Press)
  • Memory, Politics, and the Representations of Antiquity in Israeli Culture (work in progress)

Selected Articles

  • "Putting Numbers into Space: Place Names and Collective Remembrances in Israeli Culture," in Taking Stock: Cultures of Enumeration in Contemporary Jewish Life, edited by Michal Kravel-Tovi and Deborah Dash Moore.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press [in press, 2015].
  • "Numerical Commemoration and the Challenges of Collective Remembrance in Israel," in History and Memory 26, 1 (Spring/Summer 2014): 5-38
  • “Passages, Wars, and Encounters with Death: The Desert as a Site of Memory in Israeli Film,” in Deeper than Oblivion: Trauma and Memory in Israeli Cinema, edited by Raz Yosef and Boaz Hagin. New York & London: Bloomsbury, 2013, 299-327.
  • Ha’tanakh akhshav: Ikh’shuv, satira politit ve’zikaron le’umi” [“'The Bible Now': Contemporizing, Political Satire, and National Memory”], a combined issue of Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Folklore vol. 28 and Jerusalem Studies in Hebrew Literature vol. 25 in honor of Galit Hasan-Rokem, (2013), II, 755-74 [in Hebrew].
  • “Transforming Myths, Contested Narratives: The Reshaping of Mnemonic Traditions in Israeli Culture,” in National Myths: Constructed Pasts, Contested Presents, edited by Gérard Bouchard. London: Routledge, 2013, 173-90.
  • Ha’hazara el ha’tanakh:Ha’tiyul ve’zikhron ha’avar ba’siah ha’tayaruti be’israel [“Back to the Bible: Hiking in the Land as a Mnemonic Practice in Contemporary Israeli Tourist Discourse”], in History and Memory: Essays in Honor of Anita Shapira, edited by Meir Hazan and Uri Cohen. Jerusalem: Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, 2012, vol. 2, 497- 522 [in Hebrew].
  • “Coping with the Legacy of Death: The War Widow in Israeli Films,” in Israeli Cinema: Identities in Motion, edited by Miri Talmon and Yaron Peleg. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011, 84-95.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Association for Jewish Studies(board member, 1993-2002, 2006-present)
  • Association for Israel Studies(board member, 1997-2001; 2006-09)
  • Israel Studies (editorial board, 1995 – present)
  • Journal of Israeli History (editorial board, 2002 – present)
  • Israel Studies Forum (editorial board, 2000 – present)
  • Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds (editorial board, 2005-present)
  • Rutgers University Press, Jewish Cultures of the World Series, (editorial board, 2007- present)
  • Academic Studies Press, Israel: Society, Culture, And History Series (editorial board, 2009-present)
  • AJS Perspectives, the bi-annual magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies (editorial board, 2009 – present)

VISITING SCHOLAR/FELLOW

  • Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Kazan State University, Russia
  • Ben-Gurion Research Center, Ben-Gurion University, Sde Boker
  • Institute for Advanced Studies, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • École Pratique des Hautes Études
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Mark Wasserman
Professor Emeritus of History
Degree: Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1975
Rutgers : At Rutgers from 1978-2017
Email: wasserm@rci.rutgers.edu

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • History of Modern Mexico

COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT

  • 508:362 History of Mexico
  • 508:264 Latin America and the United States
  • 508:262 Modern Latin America
  • 506:401 History Seminar: New Jersey and the Great Depression

PUBLICATIONS

  • Capitalists, Caciques, and Revolution: the Native Elite and Foreign Enterprise in Chihuahua, Mexico, 1854-1911 (1984)
  • Persistent Oligarchs: Elites and Politics in Chihuahua, Mexico, 1910-1940 (1993)
  • Everyday Life and Politics in Nineteenth Century Mexico: Men, Women, and War (2000)
  • Readings on Latin America and Its People (2010)
  • Latin America and Its People, Third Edition (2012)
  • The Mexican Revolution: A Brief History and Documents (2012)
  • "Pesos and Politics: Business, Elites, Foreigners, and Government in Mexico, 1848-1940," work in progress.
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Virginia Yans
Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor Emerita
Degree: M.A., Ph. D., State University of New York at Buffalo
Rutgers : At Rutgers from 1978-2017
Email: virginiayans@earthlink.net

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I am currently working on a biographical study of the anthropologist Margaret Mead. I have produced and written a 90 minute documentary film MARGARET MEAD: AN OBSERVER OBSERVED which aired nationally as a PBS Television Special and continues to be broadcast worldwide. I am actively involved in a number of public history projects including the Ellis Island National Museum, the Women's History Museum and Leadership Center planned for lower Manhanttan, and the South Street Seaport Museum. Newer interests include a history of collectors and collecting and a history of "single persons." Along with Professor Rudolph Bell, I co-directed two projects at the RCHA, one on "singleness" and another on the "gendering of children" during 2003-2005. Recent dissertations I have directed include several topics related to immigration including women's citizenship, Japanese picture brides, and immigrant language usage. One of my recent advisees, Carol Williams, won the OAH Scott-Lerner prize for best women's history dissertation for her work on photography, race, and gender in the northwest territory.

COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT

Undergraduate

  • 512:278 Popular Music in American History
  • 506:212, 988:212 Women in Europe and the United States, 1780-present
  • History Seminar: Biography as History
  • Honors Seminar: Collectors and Things
  • Honors Seminar: Single Women,the Internet and Earlier Transformations in Information Technology

Graduate

  • Gender and Technology in History
  • Race, Sexuality and The Other
  • Research Seminar in Women's History
  • Colloqium in Women's History
  • Anthropology and History
  • Research Seminar in American History
  • Labor History

PUBLICATIONS

  • Women on Their Own: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Being Single, co-edited with Rudolph M. Bell (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2008, paperback 2010)
  • Ellis Island and the Peopling of America: The Official Guide (New Press, 1997, 1999)
  • Immigration Reconsidered: History, Sociology, Politics (Oxford University Press, 1990)
  • Family and Community: Italian Immigrants in Buffalo, 1880-1930 (Cornell University Press, 1977, 1984)

OTHER

  • MARGARET MEAD: AN OBSERVER OBSERVED, a PBS television special, 1996

AWARDS

  • Society for Visual Anthropology, American Anthropological Association, film on Mead
  • National Science Foundation Fellowship, 1996
  • National Science Foundation 1996, 2000
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grants 1983, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1994
  • Wenner Gren 1991
  • Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship 1976
  • Howard M. Marraro Prize, American Historical Association Prize 1977

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Immigration History Society
  • UNIVERSITY SERVICE:
  • Co-director RCHA (2003-2005)
  • Italian Studies Committee
  • University Honorary Degree Committee 2004
  • Graduate Vice Chair, History Department, 1992-1994
  • Chair, Women's Studies Program, 1978-81
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Gail D. Triner
Professor Emerita of History
Degree: Ph.D., Columbia University
Additional Degree(s): B.A., University of Michigan
Rutgers : At Rutgers from 1994-2019
Specialty: Modern Latin America: Economic and Environmental History
Website: http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~triner/
Email: gtriner@gmail.com
Office: 106 Van Dyck Hall
Phone: 848-932-8550

Curriculum Vitae

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Economic history of Brazil, emphasizing finance, property rights and the environment Comparative history of Latin American banking

COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT

Undergraduate

  • History 508:260 Modern Latin America
  • History 508:360 History of Brazil
  • History 506:364 Colonialism to Globalization
  • History 506: 401, 402
  • Undergraduate history seminars; Early Latin American Views; Coffee, Sugar and Other Addictive Substances

Graduate

  • PDR Modern Latin America

PUBLICATIONS

  • Banking and Economic Development: Brazil, 1889-1930 Palgrave Press 2000

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Historical Association
  • Brazilian Studies Association
  • Cliometrics Society
  • Columbia University Economic History Seminar
  • Conference on Latin American History
  • Economic History Association
  • Latin American Cliometrics Association
  • Latin American Studies Association