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Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern is the Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies in the History Department at Northwestern University. He has been a Rothschild Fellow at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an Associate Fellow at The Davis Center for Russian Studies at Harvard University. He publishes regularly on comparative literature and Jewish history.


Jewish Professional Studies
Jewish Studies

PhD, Moscow University
PhD, Brandeis University


The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe

Lenin's Jewish Question

The Anti-Imperial Choice: the Making and Unmaking of the Ukrainian Jew

Jews in the Russian Army (1827-1917): Drafted into Modernity

Research interests

Jewish Studies
Jewish Professional Studies


Dialogues, Confrontations, and Interactions
Modern Jewish History
Jews in Eastern Europe
The Shtetl as It Was
Medieval Jewish History