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Rebekah Klein-Pejšová

Rebekah A. Klein-Pejšová

Jewish Studies Assistant Professor of History

Ph.D. Columbia University, 2007

Curriculum Vitae
Office Hours: Spring 2015: MW 2:30-3:30 or by appointment
Office: UNIV 022
Office Phone: (765) 494-4132
Office Fax: (765) 496-1755


Transnational approaches to Modern Jewish and East Central European History; Jewish/state relations, nation and state building, mass migration, minorities, loyalties


Hist 105 Survey of Global History (58081)
Hist 302 Nationalism and Socialism in East Central Europe (36021)
Hist 39001 Jews in the Modern World (63086)
Hist 395 History of Human Rights (46028)

Rebekah Klein-Pejsova is Jewish Studies Assistant Professor of History at Purdue University. She specializes in Modern Jewish and East Central European social history, with research interests focusing on the problem of loyalty in state/society relations in the region of today's Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czach Republic since the early 20th century. Prof. Klein-Pejsova earnned her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2007, after completing her M.A. degree at the Central European University in Budapest, and her B.A. degree at Bard College. She is currently working on a book manuscript concerning the dynamics of Jewish nationality and citizenship in Interwar East Central Europe. Her article, "Abandon Your Role as Exponents of the Magyars': Contested Jewish Loyalty in Interwar (Czecho) Slovakia," was published in the November 2009 issue of the journalAssociation of Jewish Studies Review. She is the Associated Scholar of the Slovak Jewish Heritage Center in Bratislava, Slovakia (

Prof. Klein-Pejsova's regularly taught courses include: Jews in the Modern World, The Global History Survey, Holocaust and Genocide, Post-Communist Jewish Identities, and After Empire: the Jewish Experience in Interwar East Central Europe, Russia, and the Middle East. She is working to develop a travel course on Sites of Jewish Heritage and Community in East Central Europe, and the graduate seminar Beyond Borders: Eurasian Cultures and Societies since 1300. Before coming to Purdue, she taught at the City University of New York, and in the History and Jewish Studies Departments at Rutgers University.