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Jeffrey Veidlinger lecturing at the Yiddish Book Center

About Jeffrey Veidlinger

Jeffrey Veidlinger is Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of Michigan. His latest book,  In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Pogroms of 1918-1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust, won a Canadian Jewish Literary Award and a Vine Book Award, and was a finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Wingate Literary Prize. Professor Veidlinger is also the author of the award-winning books, In the Shadow of the Shtetl: Small-Town Jewish Life in Soviet Ukraine, The Moscow State Yiddish Theater: Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stage, and Jewish Public Culture in the Late Russian Empire.


Veidlinger is the chair of the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History, vice-president of the American Academy for Jewish Research, and a member of the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. His writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Harper’s Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Smithsonian Magazine, Tablet Magazine, and The Forward. His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from numerous agencies, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council. In 2024, Professor Veidlinger was placed on the Russian government's official sanction list for his criticisms of the Putin regime and its war on Ukraine. 

Jeffrey Veidlinger head shot

Photo courtesy of Leisa Thompson

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