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About

I am a visiting assistant professor of Holocaust Studies at the School of Arts & Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas. I teach literature and history courses on topics related to Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, and Holocaust and Human Rights. 

Through my teaching, I aim to contribute to the Ackerman Center's mission of Teaching the Past, Changing the Future. To date, I have taught 173 undergraduate and graduate students. 


Prior to teaching, I was a Belofsky Fellow at the University's Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies from 2013-2018. I completed my PhD in History of Ideas under the supervision of Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth, founder and director of the Holocaust Studies program at UT Dallas.

Aside from the joy I find in teaching and researching, I am most happy when I spend time with my family. I especially enjoy making music and playing the cello together with my sisters Rubia (violin), Junia (viola), and brother-in-law Fred (violin) when we are all together in the same city. 

 

Education

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

2013 - 2019

Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities - History of Ideas
UT Dallas

Doctoral Dissertation:

Holocaust Aftermath and Memory in Brazil 

Doctoral Committee: Zsuzsanna Ozsváth (chair), Nils RoemerDavid Patterson, Rainer Schulte

Belofsky Fellow at Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies (2013-2018)

2011 - 2013

Master of Arts in Humanities
Studies in Literature
UT Dallas

Master's Theses: 

  • New Christians, Ancient Jews: Brazil's Jewish Past and Present

  • Emergence of Holocaust Memoirs in 21st Century Brazilian Literature

Certificate in Holocaust Studies, Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies

2007 - 2011

Bachelor of Arts 
in Literary Studies
UT Dallas

Focused on European Literature from 18th century to the present; and Translation Studies, especially Arts & Craft of Translation and Literary Translation Theory.

 

The University of Texas at Dallas

800 W. Campbell Rd. JO31,

Richardson, TX 75080

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