University of Chicago
Jessica Kirzane is the Lecturer in Yiddish at the University of Chicago. She earned her PhD in Yiddish Studies from Columbia University in 2017, where her dissertation focused on interethnic romance in Jewish American fiction in Yiddish and English in the early twentieth century. Jessica was a 2017 Translation Fellow and an 2018 Pedagogy Fellow at the Yiddish Book Center and is a former editor and contributor for the Teach Great Jewish Books website of the Yiddish Book Center. Jessica’s work has appeared in the Journal of Jewish Identities, Zutot, and The Sacred Encounter: Jewish Perspectives in Sexuality (CCAR Press, 2014) and her translations have been published in jewishfiction.net, Columbia Journal, Pakn Treger, Your Impossible Voice, and Queen Mob’s Teahouse. She is the translator of Miriam Karpilove’s Diary of a Lonely Girl, or the Battle Against Free Love (Syracuse UP, 2019). Jessica is the Editor-in-Chief for In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies.