421 Hagerty Hall
Areas of Expertise
- German Jewish literature and culture
- Modern Yiddish literature and culture
- Translation Studies
Meyer Weinshel is a PhD candidate from the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. He received his BA from Macalester College and MA from the University of Minnesota. His research and teaching interests include German Jewish literature and culture, modern Yiddish literature and culture, and translation studies. In early 2021, he will be completing his dissertation, "Dos eygne daytshland: Anthologizing Jewish Multilingualism in and beyond the Habsburg Empire.” The project traces the ways German-language poetry in Yiddish translation shaped modern Jewish cultural developments in/beyond Central Europe, including North America and Israel-Palestine.
In addition to teaching all levels of German studies coursework at the University of Minnesota, he has taught Yiddish classes in the Twin Cities with Jewish Community Action, a Minneapolis non-profit organization focused on racial and economic justice issues. He also worked as the TA for beginner Yiddish at the Yiddish Book Center’s Steiner Yiddish Summer Program in 2020. He studied Yiddish at YIVO's Uriel Weinreich Summer Program (elementary Yiddish in 2015, advanced Yiddish in 2017) and at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute (2016). In 2018-19, he was a participant in the Yiddish Book Center’s Yiddish Pedagogy Program and piloted In eynem, the Book Center’s newly-published textbook for beginner students of Yiddish.