Rebekah A. Klein-Pejšová
Promoted to Associate Professor
Department of History
Rebekah Klein-Pejšová received her Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in 2007, and her M.A. from the Central European University in 1996. Her research focuses on transnational approaches to Modern Jewish and east central European History. Her first book, Mapping Jewish Loyalties in Interwar Slovakia (Indiana University Press, 2015), investigates Jewish political reorientation within the borders of a radically remapped post-World War One East Central Europe. Focusing on the contested territory of Slovakia, formerly the northern counties of prewar Hungary, she shows how Jews faced the challenge of recasting themselves as loyal citizens of Czechoslovakia and proving they had done so. The book traces how the interwar state saw and understood minority loyalty and underscores how loyalty preceded identity in the redrawn map of east central Europe.
Her current book project, with the working title Across the Iron Curtain, examines the efforts of Jews remaining inside Cold War era Hungary and Czechoslovakia to maintain contact with Jews outside of it and their implications for postwar Jewish/state relations. Professor Klein-Pejšová is also a contributing author to Europe on the Move: the Great War and the Refugees, 1914-1918 (under contract) with her chapter, “Between Refugees and the State: Hungarian Jews and Wartime Jewish Refugee Crisis in Austria-Hungary.”
Her work has been published in a number of leading journals, including the Association of Jewish Studies Review, Shofar, and Austrian History Yearbook. Her scholarship has been supported by the ACLS, FLAS, the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Columbia University's East Central Europe Center and Harriman Institute, Center for Historical Social Sciences, Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, and Purdue’s Library Scholars Grant. Professor Klein-Pejšová course rotation includes the Global History Survey, Jews in the Modern World, Nationalism and Socialism in East Central Europe, History of Human Rights, Holocaust and Genocide, and Beyond Borders.