UMass Amherst
Judaic and Near Eastern Studies


Olga Gershenson, Professor
[email | (413) 545-2550 | fax (413) 545-5876]

Professor Gershenson earned her BA in Russia, her MA in Israel, and her PhD in the US. Her personal geography parallels her academic path tracking Russian-Jewish culture at home and abroad.

For years she followed Russian immigrant cultural production in Israel: she published Gesher: Russian Theater in Israel (2005) about a unique bilingual theater in Tel Aviv, and a series of articles about Russian-Israeli cinema.Then she detoured into studying gender and power relations, and published a collection Ladies and Gents: Public Toilets and Gender (2009).Back on her Russian-Jewish track, she has recently published a book about the unknown, forgotten, or banned Holocaust films in the Soviet Union, The Phantom Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and Jewish Catastrophe (2013).

Professor Gershenson teaches courses on Jewish cultural studies, such as Cinema of the Holocaust or Israeli and Palestinian Popular Cultures. She has a lively lecture schedule at universities, film festivals, and other cultural events.

To learn more about Professor Gershenson's research, see her website

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