Sunny Yudkoff

Credentials: German and Jewish Studies

Position title: Associate Professor

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Office Number: 1352 Van Hise Hall

Language: Yiddish, Hebrew, English

Research/Language Interests: Yiddish and Hebrew literature; Jewish American literature and culture; medical humanities; multilingual modernisms, visual culture.

About: Sunny Yudkoff joined the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic, as well as the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, in the fall of 2016. Previously, she taught at the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching focuses on Jewish literary production from the mid-nineteenth to twenty-first centuries.  Her first book, Tubercular Capital: Illness and the Conditions of Modern Jewish Writing, was published with Stanford University Press (2019). She regularly teaches courses in both Jewish Studies and the Medical Humanities. Her work has appeared in Prooftexts, Jewish Social Studies, Comparative LiteratureLiterature and Medicine, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on her second monograph, Against Jewish Humor: Toward a Theory of Yiddish Joy.

Affiliated Departments: Department of English, CREECA

• Harvard University, Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (2015)
• Oxford University, MSt. in Jewish Studies (2007)