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Olga Gershenson

Professor, Judaic and Near Eastern Studies/Film

Fall 2016 Innovation Fellow

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Olga Gershenson is Professor of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is also on the Film Studies faculty. A multi-disciplinary scholar, her interests lie at the intersection of culture, history, and film. Her first book, Gesher: Russian Theater in Israel (2005), pioneered the study of Russian immigrant cultural production. A series of articles on Russian-Israeli cinema cemented her status as the premier expert in the field. Gershenson’s latest book, The Phantom Holocaust Soviet Cinema and Jewish Catastrophe (2013) is the first scholarly treatment of the forgotten or unknown Soviet films missing from the international Holocaust filmography. Along with film, Professor Gershenson does research on spaces, examining the relationship between places, politics, history, and culture. She edited a collection Ladies and Gents: Public Toilets and Gender (2009) and a special issue of East European Jewish Affair about Jewish museums in post-communist Europe. Her current research deals with Israeli horror films.

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