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Kirsten Fermaglich

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Kirsten Fermaglich [Ph.D. History, NYU] is Associate Professor of History at MSU. Her book on American social scientists and Holocaust metaphors, American Dreams and Nazi Nightmares: Early Holocaust Consciousness and Liberal America, 1957-1965, appeared in 2006. She is also co-editor (with Lisa Fine) of the Norton Critical Edition of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique (2013).  She has published in American Jewish History, the Michigan Historical ReviewSouthern Jewish History, and several edited collectionsCurrently, she is researching the history of Jews and name-changing in the twentieth century for a book tentatively titled A Rosenberg by Any Other Name. Kirsten has won fellowships and grants from YIVO, the Posen Foundation, and the Association for Jewish Studies. A Legacy Heritage grant supported a year of programming at MSU 2011-2012 on the theme “Telling Family Stories: Jews, Genealogy & History.” Kirsten also co-curated (with Ken Waltzer) a 2002-2003 MSU museum exhibit, “Uneasy Years: Michigan Jewry During Depression and War,” that was recognized by the Michigan Council for the Humanities as among the top thirty projects the Council supported in thirty years.

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