I study modern Jewish history with a particular interest in the political, intellectual, and cultural history of Jews in 19th- and 20th-century Russia, Poland, interwar Palestine, and Israel. My primary interests include the history of Jewish social and political thinking in the 20th century, particularly Jewish conceptions of the state, capitalism, nation, and race between the two world wars; the history and sociology of Jewish nationalism; Yiddish and Hebrew culture and the Jewish encounter with ideas of secular culture and aesthetic culture; theory and practice of cultural history. I am currently working on a book entitled The Unchosen People: the Polish Jewish Condition and the Jewish Political Imagination, 1928-1939.
Along with Tony Michels (UW-Madison) and Sarah Abrevaya Stein (UCLA), I am co-editor of the journal Jewish Social Studies: History, Culture, Society (The New Series).
My book Jewish Renaissance in the Russian Revolution (Harvard, 2009) has been accepted for publication in Hebrew translation by the Zalman Shazar Center. Finally, I am co-editing, with Professor Yisrael Bartal, v. 7 of the Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization: Anthology of Primary Sources, Documents, Texts, and Artifacts in 10 Volumes, v. VII: 1880 C.E. - 1918 C.E: Mass Migrations of Jews and Jewish Culture to North America and Palestine, Jewish Nationalism, Flowering of Yiddish and Hebrew Literatures, editor in chief James Young (Yale University Press, 2012-).
“Mahpekhah ba-tarbut ha-yehudit” in Toldot yehudei rusiah, v. 3, ed. Michael Beizer (Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, 2015). *Russian translation forthcoming.
[Co-authored with Roger Friedland], “Thinking through Religious Nationalism,” in Words. Situating Religion in Language, eds. Szafraniec and van den Hemel (Fordham, forthcoming).
“Negotiating Jewish Nationalism in Interwar Warsaw,” Warsaw. The Jewish Metropolis, ed. Glenn Dynner and Francois Guesnet (Brill, 2015).
"'W imię naglących potrzeb literatury narodowej'. Tłumaczenie i żydowski nacjonalizm kulturowy w Europie Wschodniej," Przekładaniec 29 (2014): 67-91.
“Thinking with Restriction: Immigration Restriction and Polish Jewish Accounts of the Post-Liberal State, Empire, Race, and Political Reason 1926-1939,” East European Jewish Affairs 44:2-3 (2014): 205-224.
"Tsienizm in der goles-natsyonalistishn gedank: Maks Vaynraykh in Palestine," in Afn shvel: gezelshaftlekh-literarisher zhurnal, n. 356-357 (Zumer-harbst 2012): 21-27.
“At Home in Late Imperial Russian Modernity – Except When They Weren’t: New Histories of Russian and East European Jews, 1881-1914,” review article regarding 11 recent monographs, in Journal of Modern History, v. 84, 2 (June 2012): 401-452.
“Arnold in Eishyshok, Schiller in Shnipishok: Imperatives of ‘Culture’ in East European Jewish Nationalism and Socialism” in Journal of Modern History, v. 81, 3 (September 2009): 537-578.
Jewish Renaissance in the Russian Revolution (Harvard, 2009); winner, Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, National Jewish Book Council, 2010.
“Bringing Culture to the Nation: Hebraism, Yiddishism, and the Dilemmas of Jewish Cultural Formation in Russia and Ukraine, 1917-1919” in Jewish History 22 (2008): 263-294.
“1905 as a Jewish cultural revolution? Revolutionary and evolutionary dynamics in the East European Jewish cultural sphere, 1900-1914” in The Revolution of 1905 and Russia’s Jews: a Turning Point?, eds. Stefani Hoffman and Ezra Mendelsohn (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008).
"Not The Dybbuk but Don Quixote: Translation, Deparochialization, and Nationalism in Jewish Culture” in Culture Front: Representing Jews in Eastern Europe, ed. Benjamin Nathans and Gabriella Safran (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008).
“Between Renaissance and Decadence: Literarishe Monatsshriften and its Critical Reception” in Jewish Social Studies, v. 8, 1 (Fall 2001): 153-198.
“St. Patrick's Day Celebrations and the Formation of Irish-American Identity, 1845-1875” in Journal of Social History, v. 29, 1 (Fall 1995): 125-148.