Originally from Chico, California (read this recent tidbit about the town), I am returning to teach English at the local community college beginning in August. However, this full circle has first taken me to San Diego, Italy, Boston, New York City, Israel, England, and Seattle and about 25 other countries in between. I consider myself a really lucky lady to have such a life.
I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Literature/Writing at the University of California – San Diego (including studying abroad in Siena, Italy), did a stint with Americorps VISTA in Boston, followed by a Master’s in English from the City University of New York – Brooklyn College, and another volunteer program in Israel. After that, I spent the last few years in London, England completing a PhD in English from Royal Holloway University of London, focusing on Holocaust Literature. Now I’m following my career goals and I’ll be Associate Faculty in English at Butte College, doing my own research on the side. CV-building is practically the academic’s #1 goal, after all.
While still centered on the Holocaust and its representation, my research interests have moved beyond my PhD thesis, which focused on children in Holocaust fiction written by survivors. I have outlined a monograph that examines spatial suffering in the context of both literary and memorial representations of the Holocaust, but am currently working on one chapter or article in it looking more exclusively at trains, journeys, and the railway car. I am also interested in eventually making comparative analyses of American Jewish and Native American literary responses to traumatic memory; the problems and advantages of utilizing representations – fiction, nonfiction, memoir, testimony, illustration, documentary, film, photography, and more – in classroom curriculum on the Holocaust; and examining Jewish literature from Soviet-occupied and post-Communist countries.
Now that I’m back in the US of A, I’m also keen to attend and present at some conferences. The UK’s Holocaust Studies community was so active that there was always a conference going on where we could meet up, share ideas, learn new things, and have a generally good time. So I’m on the lookout.