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Olga Gershenson

Professor of Judaic and Middle Eastern Studies & Film Studies

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(413) 545-5871


733 Herter Hall

Professor Gershenson specializes in Jewish and Israel Cultural Studies

She is the author of Gesher: Russian Theater in Israel (2005); Ladies and Gents: Public Toilets and Gender, 2009), and The Phantom Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and Jewish Catastrophe (2013)

Her articles have appeared in Post Script, Iskusstvo Kino, Journal of Jewish Identities, Israel Affairs, The Journal of Israeli History, Journal of Film and Video, Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, The Intercultural and International Communication Annual, Journal of International Communication, Multilingua  and others.

She is editor of special issues of journals of Eastern European Jewish Affairs and Journal of International Women’s Studies

Core Faculty with the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies.

For more information about Professor Gershenson’s work, visit her website.

Courses Recently Taught

  • Cinema of the Holocaust
  • Popular Culture in Israel and Palestine
  • Jewish Theater and Film
  • Film and Society in Israel
  • Culture and Immigration in Israel
  • Jews of Eastern Europe