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Dr. Brett Ashley Kaplan

Dr. Brett Ashley Kaplan

Dr. Brett Ashley Kaplan directs the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is a professor of Comparative and World Literature.

Widely published, you can find her writing in Haaretz, The Conversation,, AJS Perspectives, Contemporary Literature, Edge Effects, and the Jewish Review of Books. She has been interviewed on NPR, the AJS Podcast, and The 21st.

Following her edited collection, Critical Memory Studies: New Approaches (forthcoming from Bloomsbury), and she is at work on a co-edited collection (with Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell and Sara Feldman) entitled Blewish: Contemporary Black-Jewish Voices. She is also working on a second novel, Vandervelde Downs, about the recovery of Nazi-looted objects found in a Vietnamese Refugee Center in provincial England.

Jewish Studies
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA, University of Sussex
  • BA, University of California, Santa Cruz


  • Critical Memory Studies: New Approaches, editor (Bloomsbury)
  • Rare Stuff (a novel, Spuyten Duyvil)
  • Jewish Anxiety and the Novels of Philip Roth (Continuum/Bloomsbury)
  • Landscapes of Holocaust Postmemory (Routledge)
  • Unwanted Beauty: Aesthetic Pleasure in Holocaust Representation (University of Illinois)


Contemporary Jewish Experiences