University of Pennsylvania
Albert J. Wood Fellowship

Research Topic

Women Yiddish Poets in Eastern Europe


Kathryn Hellerstein is Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania. Her current research examines Jewish American women poets, from the nineteenth century through the twenty-first century, whose writings are contextualized by their other work as translators of poetry, liturgists, and anthologists.

Hellerstein received her PhD in English and American Literature from Stanford University. She has previously held fellowships at the Center for Jewish History at Harvard University and the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.

Selected publications

  • A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish (Stanford University Press, 2014)



Delving into some of the most pressing debates within US history and Jewish history, and examining vital questions shaping Jewish cultural studies, literary theory, and social scientific inquiry


Meditating on modern Jewish literature in its entirety and all its methods of study.


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