Sofiya Grachova researches science and the history of interethnic relations in modern Eastern Europe. Most recently, she has embarked upon a project examining the history of racial anthropology in Ukraine. She has held, among others, a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship at the European University Institute, a GEOP Postdoctoral Fellowship at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, a research fellowship at the German Historical Institute, and a Herzog Ernst Fellowship at the Gotha Research Center of the University of Erfurt. As a Katz Center fellow, she plans to finish her monograph, East European Jews, Health, Race & Citizenship, 1830–1930.

Grachova received her PhD in history from Harvard University in 2014. While in graduate school, she explored nineteenth- and twentieth-century Jewish medical anthropology in Russia.

Select publications:

  • “Ukrainian-Jewish History Writing, 1880–1917: From an Empire toward a (Multi-)National State” (Jewish Culture and History, forthcoming) 
  • “Between History and Nature: Mendelism and the Concept of Jewish ‘Race’ in Russian Medicine, 1900–1930” (Max Weber Working Papers, European University Institute, 2015)

For more information about this Katz Center Fellow click here:
Sofiya Grachova (2017-2018)