Director, Modern Endangered Archives Program at UCLA Library (2019 – )



Research Program Manager, The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz (2018 – 2019)
Managing Mellon Grant focused on Graduate Student Success + Public Scholarship. Read More.

Founding Director of the Digital Scholarship Commons, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA (2016 – 2018)

CLIR Post Doctoral Fellow & Digital Humanities Specialist, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA (2014 – 2016)

Appointment in McHenry Library & Humanities Division to develop a Digital Humanities program that inspires, generates, and supports digital research and pedagogy across campus. More online >


University of California, Los Angeles
PhD, History, 2014 | CPhil, 2010 | MA, 2009

Dissertation: “‘In a world still trembling’: American Jewish philanthropy and the shaping of Holocaust survivor narratives in postwar America (1945-1953)” Available on escholarship >
Committee: David N. Myers (Chair), Hasia Diner, Todd Presner, Peter Baldwin, Sarah Abrevaya Stein

Brandeis University | MA, Comparative History, 2005

Thesis: “Czechoslovak Holocaust Commemoration: Constructions of Memory”

Colgate University | BA, English, Computer Science, 2002


“David P. Boder: Holocaust Memory in Displaced Persons Camps” in David Cesarani, and Eric J. Sundquist, eds., After the Holocaust: challenging the myth of silence,  (London: Routledge, 2012) 115 – 126.  Available at >

“Purim, Passover, & Pilgrims: Symbols of Survival and Sacrifice in American postwar Holocaust survivor narratives,” in Absorbing Encounters, ed. Sheila Elana Jelen and Eleana Adler (Wayne State University Press, 2017)


Saving our Survivors: How American Jews learned about the Holocaust (Under advance contract with Indiana University Press) | See more >

Digital Publications

“Memories/Motifs” ( | Author




Selected Presentations

“A Plea for Heartstrings and Purse strings: JDC and the 1945 Battle for the Future of Jewish Life,” Refugees, Statelessness, Migration, and the Work of the Joint Workshop, JDC (New York, NY | September 2017)

“Jewish Studies in the Digital Age” Roundtable, Session Organizer, Association for Jewish Studies Conference (San Diego, CA)

“Defining meaning in Holocaust survivor narratives on postwar American Radio,” in Post Holocaust Cultures: The Many Ways of Bearing Witness and the Yearning for Jewish Survival Seminar, Association for Jewish Studies Conference (San Diego, CA)

“Digital Exhibit Building Services as Building Blocks for Interactive Public Scholarship,” with Susan Perry, Digital Library Federation Forum (Milwaukee, WI) [See presentation slides]

“A Plea for Heartstrings and Purse strings: The 1945 battle for combined American Jewish Fundraising,” Association for Jewish Studies Conference (Boston, MA)

“Leveraging Experience and Expertise: Creating Campus-wide Digital Services,”with Susan Chesley Perry, Digital Library Federation Conference (Vancouver, Canada)

“Disembodied Voices?: Holocaust Survivor accounts on Postwar American Radio,” Sydney Jewish Museum (Sydney, Australia)

“Memories/Motifs, Historical Memory & the unexpected inspirations of Digital Humanities,” 2015 CSDH/SCHN & ACH joint conference (Ottawa, Canada)

“Tales from the Library Basement: Doing Digital Humanities as CLIR Fellows,” HASTAC, Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)

“Memories/Motifs,” Jewish Studies in the Digital Age (An Interactive Panel Discussion and Presentation of Work), Academic Consortium: Jewish Studies & Academic Life in Northern California, Magnes Museum (Berkeley, CA)

“The Ethics of Memories/Motifs: Accessing Early Holocaust Survivor Narratives Online,” Thinking Beyond the Canon, UCLA Center for Jewish Studies (Los Angeles, CA)

“Memories/Motifs,” Digital Lighting Round, American Historical Association Annual Conference, January 2015 (New York, NY)

“Mapping Meaning in Scalar,” Genres of Scholarly Knowledge Production Conference, HUMlab, Umea University (Umea, Sweden)

“On Air Advocacy: Holocaust Survivor Voices on Postwar American Radio,” Memory, Media, and Technology Conference, USC Shoah Foundation (Los Angeles, CA)

“America’s Next Pilgrims: Holocaust survivors and the fight for immigration reform in postwar America,” Organization for American Historians Annual Conference, April 2014 (Panel Organizer)

“Saving our Survivors: American Jewish fundraising in the post-Holocaust world,” Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference, December 2013 (Panel Organizer)

“Broadcasting survivor voices: listening to Holocaust narratives on postwar American radio,” Aftermath Conference: Sites and Sources of History and Memory (Melbourne, Australia), August 2013

“Making Memories/Motifs: An interactive exhibit of early Holocaust survivor narratives,” Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) Decennial Conference, April 2013

“Common Threads: Clothing Drives, the Cold War and Early Holocaust Narratives,” Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference, December 2012

“Creation of a Survivor Voice: Radio and Early Holocaust Narratives,” YIVO, Center for Jewish History, New York, NY May 2012 | Audio available online >

“‘Dear Friend’: The World Jewish Congress Child Care Division, Correspondence Programs, and Early Holocaust Narratives,” Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference, December 2011

“Holocaust Testimony Before Holocaust History: David Boder and the Displaced Persons of Postwar Europe,” Oral History Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA October 26-31, 2010

“David P. Boder: Holocaust Memory in Displaced Persons Camps,” “The Myth of Silence?: Who Spoke about the Holocaust and When” Conference, UCLA October 2009


Thomas E. Lifka Dissertation Prize (Runner Up), UCLA History Department (2014)

UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship (2013-2014)

The Rabbi Joachim Prinz Memorial Fellowship, American Jewish Archive (2012-2013)

Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellowship, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (2011-2012)

Samuel and Flora Weiss Research Fellowship, YIVO (2011-2012)

Monkarsh Graduate Fellowship, UCLA History Department (2011-2012)

Center for Jewish History Fellow (2011-2012) Declined

Rabbi André Ungar Scholarship, Temple Emanuel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, 2011 – 2013

1939 Club Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, UCLA History Department, 2010-2011

Skirball Fellow in Modern Jewish Culture, 2009-2010

UCLA Graduate Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2009

UCLA/Mellon Fellowship, Program on the Holocaust in American and World Culture, 2008-2009

Phi Beta Kappa, initiated May 2002


Digital Humanities proficiencies

Digital Publishing & Communications: SCALAR, Omeka, WordPress, HTML, Tumblr, Twitter

Text Visualization & Analysis: Tableau, Mallet, XML

Digital Mapping: Google Fusion Tables, Google Maps, Google Earth, Story Maps

Additional Software: FileMaker Pro, Photoshop, InDesign


Reading knowledge of Yiddish, German.


American Historical Association, Association of Jewish Studies, Organization of American Historians, HASTAC, Association of Computers and the Humanities