Sasha Senderovich

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Portrait of Sasha Senderovich, smiling, wearing a button-up short-sleeved gray shirt, with a European streetway of light stone behind him

Assistant Professor, Jewish Studies and Slavic Languages and Literatures

Ph.D. Harvard (2010)

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Sasha Senderovich holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University (2010). His published work includes articles on Russian Jewish writers David Bergelson and Isaac Babel, a critical introduction and notes to the English-language translation of Moyshe Kulbak’s Soviet Yiddish novel The Zelmenyaners: A Family Saga (Yale University Press, 2013), as well as on contemporary English-language fiction by Russian Jewish émigré authors — including Gary Shteyngart, Anya Ulinich, Boris Fishman, and Irina Reyn — in the United States. He has also published a number of shorter essays on Soviet and post-Soviet cinema. His and Harriet Murav’s critical translation, from the Yiddish, of David Bergelson’s Judgment: A Novel is forthcoming with Northwestern University Press in 2017. He is currently at work on his first book manuscript, How the Soviet Jew Was Made: Culture and Mobility after the Revolution.

In addition to his academic work, Sasha has published journalism and public scholarship in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Tablet, Lilith, The Forward, The New York Times, The New Republic, and The New Yorker’s Page-turner blog (these articles can be found here). One of his additional regular activities involves summertime teaching as a faculty member of the Great Jewish Books program for high school students, in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Before joining the University of Washington in Autumn 2017, Sasha was an Assistant Professor of Russian Studies and Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian and East European Studies at Lafayette College, and the Aresty Visiting Scholar in Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. He has taught courses on Soviet and Russian cinema, culture, and literature; the Russian Jewish Experience; modern Jewish literature and culture; the experience of migration and exile; and the city in literature and culture.

Learn more about Sasha’s work with the University of Washington’s Slavic Studies Department in his Slavic Studies profile.