Russian and East European Studies
Department Chair:
Arlene Forman

Administrative Assistant:
Polly Bratton

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8650
Fax: (440) 775-6355

Peters Hall 222
50 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Shulamit S. Magnus

Shulamit S. Magnus

Emeritus Professor of History and Jewish Studies

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Barnard College, 1972
  • Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1977
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1988

Shulamit S. Magnus (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1988), is a social and cultural historian specializing in Jewish modernity; her courses span the range of Jewish experience and expression from biblical antiquity to the present and are taught from thematic and comparative perspectives. She is particularly interested in identity and boundary lines in Jewish history and the history of women and gender in Jewish society. She is the author of four books: Jewish Emancipation in a German City: Cologne, 1798-1871 (Stanford University Press, 1997); a two- volume, unabridged translation and annotated, critical edition of Pauline Wengeroff's Memoirs of a Grandmother: Scenes from the Cultural History of the Jews in Russia in the Nineteenth Century (Stanford University Press, 2010; 2014), volume one of which won the National Jewish Book Award; Volume Two of which won the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Translation Award (2013). In press is a new book, A Woman’s Life: Pauline Wengeroff and Memoirs of a Grandmother (The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization), which is a biography of Wengeroff (1833-1916) and her path breaking Memoirs, which treat women's-- and men's-- experience in emerging Jewish modernity as subjects of inquiry (as opposed to ignoring that of women and making that of men the group's presumed norm), and which is the first published work by a Jewish woman on the history of an era. The biography traces how and why Wengeroff's remarkable memoirs came to be the work we have in hand.

Two student stories from Academic Ambassador, 2012