University of North Carolina
Dalck and Rose Feith Family Fellowship

Research Topic

Soviet Jewish Home: Clandestine Ethnicity, Social Capital, and Grassroots Resistance


Anna Kushkova is an assistant research professor and sociocultural anthropologist who focuses on the historical Jewish communities of Eastern Europe (Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Transnistria), the US, and Israel. Her research interests include the history and anthropology of Jews; Holocaust and genocide studies; oral history; the anthropology of socialism and postsocialism; as well as memory and nostalgia. While at the Katz Center, she will be working on the Jewish home in the Soviet regime as a site of Jewish ethnic production, creativity, and resistance.

Kushkova received her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a dissertation titled “Navigating the Planned Economy: Accommodation and Survival in Moscow’s Post-War ‘Soviet Jewish Pale.’” She has taught at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, the European University at St. Petersburg, and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Selected publications

  • “Hidden Realms of Private Entrepreneurship: Soviet Jews and Post-World War II Artels in the USSR” in Hidden Capitalism: Beyond, Below and Outside the Visible Market (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming)
  • Peasant Quarrel: A Study of Rural Everyday Life (Russian; European University at St. Petersburg Press, 2016)



Devoted to the home, and seeking to advance research that will shed light on this most formative and intimate of contexts for Jewish life.