Sasha Senderovich

Sasha Senderovich
Assistant Professor
Russian Program

Office:  McKenna 228

Sasha Senderovich holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University (2010). His published work includes articles on Russian Jewish writers Dovid Bergelson and Isaac Babel, a critical introduction and notes to the English-language translation of Moyshe Kulbak's Soviet Yiddish novel The Zelmenyaners: A Family Saga (Yale University Press, 2013), as well as on contemporary Anglophone fiction by Russian Jewish émigré authors in the United States. He has also published a number of shorter essays and encyclopedia entries on Soviet post-Soviet cinema. His and Harriet Murav's critical translation, from Yiddish, of David Bergelson's Yiddish Judgment: A Novel is forthcoming in the Northwestern World Classics series (Northwestern University Press, 2017). Sasha is currently at work on his first book manuscript, How the Soviet Jew Was Made: Culture and Mobility after the Revolution (under contract with Harvard University Press), as well as on a number of articles on contemporary fiction by Soviet-born American Jewish writers.

In addition to his scholarship, Sasha has also published journalism in Tablet MagazineLilithThe Forward, The New York Times, The New Republic, and The New Yorker’s Page-turner blog (these articles could be found here); public scholarship—in particular, on different issues in contemporary Jewish and Russian-Jewish culture—remains one of his strong interests. One of his additional regular activities involves summertime teaching in the Great Jewish Books program for high school students, at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass.

Before joining the faculty at CU Boulder in 2013, Sasha was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian and East European Studies at Lafayette College, and the Aresty Visiting Scholar in Jewish Studies at Rutgers University.



“Soviet Jews, Re-Imagined: Émigré Anglophone Writers from the Soviet Union,” in David Brauner and Axel Staehler, eds. The Edinburgh Companion to Modern Jewish Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2015), pp. 90-104.

A Critical Introduction in Moyshe Kulbak, The Zelmenyaners: A Family Saga, trans. Hillel Halkin (Yale University Press, 2013), pp. vii-xxxiv.

“The Hershele Maze: Isaac Babel and His Ghost Reader,” in Justin Cammy et al (eds.) Arguing the Modern Jewish Canon: Essays in Literature and Culture in Honor of Ruth Wisse (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008), pp. 233-254.

“In Search of Readership: David Bergelson among the Refugees,” in Joseph Sherman and Gennady Estraikh (eds.) David Bergelson: From Modernism to Socialist Realism (London, UK: Legenda, 2007), pp. 150-166.

Book and film reviews as well as articles in popular publications can be found at: