Rebekah A. Klein-Pejšová
// Jewish Studies // SIS
// Religious Studies // SIS
Affiliated Faculty // Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies // SIS
Director of Human Rights Program // Philosophy
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Room: UNIV 313
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Phone: (765) 494-6810
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HIST 325 20th Century European History through Autobiography
HIST 33805 History of Human Rights
HIST 595 Holocaust and Genocide
Ph.D. Columbia University, 2007
Modern Jewish History, Modern East Central European History (esp. Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic), Minority/State Relations, Refugee Studies, Human Rights History
I came back to New York City to complete my Ph.D. in History at Columbia University after earning my M.A. at the Central European University in Budapest, and my B.A. at Bard College. My experiences working as a tour guide in Prague’s Jewish Quarter in the late 1990s shaped my research interests in ways I would not have guessed while living in East Central Europe (“The Region”) in those transitional years. I am consistently interested in the meaning and function of contact between members of diasporic networks, the perception of that contact by the state and by the surrounding population, and the implications of that perception for long-term intergroup relations.
My first book, Mapping Jewish Loyalties in Interwar Slovakia (Indiana University Press, 2015), examines the challenges Slovak Jews faced as government officials, demographers, and police investigators continuously tested their loyalty as they reoriented themselves from defeated Hungary to newly established Czechoslovakia in the aftermath of the First World War. It traces how the interwar state saw and understood minority loyalty in the radically redrawn map of East Central Europe. I have contributed chapters appearing in Europe on the Move: Refugees in the Era of the Great War (Manchester University Press, 2017), World War I and the Jews: Conflict and Transformations in Europe, the Middle East, and America (Berghahn, 2017), and The Holocaust in Hungary: Seventy Years Later (Central European University Press, 2016). My current book project concerns postwar Jewish displacement, dispersion, and diaspora.
I am the founding Director of the Human Rights Program at Purdue, a collaboration between the departments of History, Philosophy, and Political Science, which offers an undergraduate minor and graduate concentration. I am Associate Editor of Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies.