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Professor: B.A. and M.A., University of Michigan; Ph.D., University of California, Irvine.

Professor Holli Levitsky is the founder and Director of the Jewish Studies Program. She sits on the Executive Board of the Western Jewish Studies Association, the Jewish American and Holocaust Literature Association, and the California State University, Long Beach Jewish Studies Program.  In 2001-2002, Dr. Levitsky held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Literature in Poland, teaching “American Culture and the Holocaust” and “Literature of Jews in Poland” at the University of Warsaw and lecturing on her research at universities across Eastern Europe. In 2007, Poland’s Institute for National Remembrance invited her to testify on behalf of her research on Polish Jews during the Communist era.

At LMU, she has taught courses on “Literature of the Holocaust,”  “Trauma, Narrative, and History,” “The Reinvention of Memory,” “Writing the Disaster,” and in June 2010, “The Holocaust in Poland,” a team-taught, multi-campus course on-site in Poland (partially funded by a grant from the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund). She has published in major peer-reviewed journals on these topics, and others, including POLIN: A Journal of Polish Jewish Studies and Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Her work on Polish and American Jewish writers appears in book chapters and other publications including reviews for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, American Jewish History, and Polish Journal for American Studies. Dr. Levitsky regularly offers lectures and conducts workshops on Holocaust pedagogy to secondary school and college educators.

For the English Department, Dr. Levitsky regularly teaches StreetRead, Twentieth-Century American Literature, and graduate seminars on Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, and contemporary literary theory.

For more information about the Jewish Studies program, visit bellarmine.lmu.edu/jewishstudies