Zvi Gitelman

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Zvi Gitelman 2012

Preston R. Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies
Professor, Political Science

Office Location(s): 7759 Haven Hall
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • CREES, Political Science, Judaic Studies, WCED
  • Fields of Study
    • Former Soviet Union, East European politics, ethnicity and politics, Russian and East European Jewry, Jewish Identity
  • About

    Zvi Gitelman studies ethnicity and politics, especially in former Communist countries, as well as Israeli politics, East European politics, and Jewish political thought and behavior. His most recent book is Jewish Identities in Postcommunist Russia and Ukraine: An Uncertain Ethnicity, published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. It draws on two large surveys at the beginning and end of the 1990s that he conducted with two colleagues in Russia. Professor Gitelman’s current project is on ethnic relations in the Soviet armed forces during the war and Soviet policy regarding the Holocaust. It is based on hundreds of oral testimonies of Soviet Jewish veterans of World War Two, and on Soviet archives. Gitelman’s most recent edited volume is Religion or Ethnicity? The Evolution of Jewish Identities. Two projected edited volumes will deal with the Russian-speaking Jewish diaspora, which is now four to five times as large as the Jewish population of the Former Soviet Union, and on Jews and political life.

  • Education
    • Columbia University, Ph.D
    • Columbia University, M.A. and Russian Institute Certificate
    • Columbia College, A.B.
    • Jewish Theological Seminary, B. Heb. Lit.
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