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Petrovsky-Shtern Named Crown Family Professor

Professor is director of the Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies

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November 4, 2011 | by Jasmine Rangel

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, professor of Jewish history in Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences’ department of history and director of the Crown Family Center of Jewish Studies, has been named the Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies.

Petrovsky-Shtern teaches classes on early modern, modern and East European Jewish history and culture; Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah; and Slavic-Jewish literatures.

The author of three books and more than 100 articles on history and comparative literature, he is working on a book to be titled “Shtetl as It Was, 1790-1830.” The book will reconstruct and contextualize the material culture of an Eastern European trading town.

Among Petrovsky-Shtern’s honors are a Rothschild Fellowship, a Fulbright and grants from the Memorial Foundation of Jewish Culture and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A recipient of a 2009 Northwestern Distinguished Teaching Award, he has been a Sensibar Visiting Professor at Spertus College in Chicago, a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a visiting professor at the University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in the Ukraine.

Petrovsky-Shtern joined the Northwestern faculty in 2003.