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Olga Gershenson

Professor of Judaic and Middle Eastern Studies & Film Studies Adjunct Professor

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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 Isreal (2005), pioneered the study of Russian immigrant cultural production. A series of articles on the Russian-Israeli cinema cemented her status as the premier expert in the field.

Gershenson's last book, The Phantom Holocaust (2013), reveals unknown Holocaust films from the Soviet Union. According to the journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies, it "will serve as a foundation for all further research and reflection on the topic."

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). Her special issue of Eastern European Jewish Affairs charts for the first time a map of new Jewish museums throughout post-communist Europe, examining the relationship between politics, history, and culture.

Professor Gershenson is now writing a book about new Israeli horror films.

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

Courses Recently Taught

  • Film and Society in Israel
  • Jewish Humor
  • Adaptation: The Jewish Experience from Text to Film 
  • Cinema of the Holocaust
  • Israel/Palestine through Film and Pop Culture