Sarah Lawrence College
Roberta G. Sands and Samuel Z. Klausner Fellow

Research Topic

Able To Be American: Disability in U.S. Immigration Law and the American Jewish Response


Hannah Zaves-Greene is a scholar of American Jewish history and disability. Her research is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the New York Public Library. As a visiting professor of Jewish studies, Zaves-Greene created and taught original classes at Sarah Lawrence College. She consults for the National Museum of Immigration at Ellis Island as they work to recognize disability’s role in American immigration history. Among other publications, she has written for the American Jewish Archives Journal, the Journal of American Ethnic History, and the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, and sits on the Academic Advisory Council of the Jewish Women’s Archive. 

Zaves-Greene received her Ph.D. in Judaic studies from NYU.

Selected publications

“Stuck in the Middle With(out) You: How American Immigration Law Trapped ‘Defective’ Immigrants between Two Worlds,” Journal of Transnational American Studies 14.2 (2023).

“The Cost of Labor: Lillian Wald, Maternal Health, and the Politics of Birth Control,” American Jewish History 104.4 (2020): 151–32. 



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