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Sarrah Zarrow

History and culture

Sarrah Ellen Zarrow is an Associate Professor of History at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, where she also holds the Endowed Professorship in Jewish History.

Her ongoing research focuses on Jewish life in Eastern Europe, particularly in Poland. She is especially interested in Jewish museum practices, language politics, and schooling.

She previously was a Research Fellow at New Europe College Institute for Advanced Studies in Bucharest, Romania, and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University. 

Sarah Zarrow holds a doctorate from the joint program of the Skirball Department of Hebrew & Judaic Studies and the History Department at NYU. In the academic year 2014-2015, she finished her dissertation, on the regional variation in Polish Jewish collection initiatives, on a Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship from NYU. She has also held fellowships from the Center for Jewish History, YIVO, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Council for European Studies, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Sarah received an MA from the Jewish Theological Seminary and an AB from Vassar College.

In addition to her research and teaching interests, she has been involved in a number of public scholarly projects. She was a Managing Editor and Pedagogy Editor at In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies and serves on the journal’s editorial board; she also has served as a consultant to archival and museum projects at YIVO and Polin: Museum of the History of Polish Jews, designing exhibits and creating educational programming.

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