Bard College
Ruth Meltzer Fellowship

Research Topic

History of the YIVO Institute


Cecile E. Kuznitz is associate professor of history and director of Jewish studies at Bard College as well as senior academic advisor at the Max Weinreich Center, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. She studies modern Jewish history, medieval Jewish history, Polish history, American immigration and urban history. While at the Katz Center, she will examine new patterns of residence and forms of domestic architecture that emerged in Eastern Europe and the US in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Kuznitz received her PhD from Stanford University. She has previously held fellowships at YIVO, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.

Selected publications

  • YIVO and the Making of Modern Jewish Culture: Scholarship for the Yiddish Nation (Cambridge University Press, 2017)



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


Mining the extraordinarily rich history and culture of East European Jewry.