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About me


Associate Professor, Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures | Département des langues et littératures modernes

Cross-appointed with Canadian Studies and Religious Studies | En affectation multiple avec Études canadiennes et le Département d’études anciennes et de sciences des religions

Bureau/Office: Arts/Hamelin 247
613-562-5800 x2955
Courriel/Email: rmargoli@uOttawa.ca

70 avenue Laurier Est / 70 Laurier Ave. East
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5


University degrees

M.A.-Ph.D Germanic Languages (Yiddish Studies), Columbia University, 2005

B.A. Jewish Studies/Religious Studies, McGill University, 1996

Academic experience

Associate professor, University of Ottawa, 2010-present

Instructor, Steiner Summer Yiddish Program, National Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA), 2010-present

Assistant professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Ottawa, 2006-2010

Instructor, Departments of History, Humanities, Religious Studies, Vanier College, Montreal, 2005-2006

Scholar in Residence, Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, 2003-2004

Instructor, Uriel Weinreich Program in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture, Columbia University/ New York University, New York, 1999-2006

Professional activities

Organizer of academic symposium: “Yiddish in the New Millennium” (November 5-6, 2016)

Guest editor (with Antoine Burgand), special issue of Canadian Jewish Studies: “None is Too Many and Beyond: New Research on Canada and the Holocaust”, 2016

Vice President, Association of Canadian Jewish Studies

Member, Ottawa Jewish Archives Committee

Director of the newly created MA in World Literatures and Cultures, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, 2011-2015

Member, Advisory Board of the National Task Force on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, 2010-2012

Editor, Canadian Jewish Studies, 2009-2011

Editor, Canadian Responses to the Holocaust, University of Ottawa student publication, 2009

Chair, annual conference of the Association of Canadian Jewish Studies, held as part of the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities, 2008-2015

Co-coordinator, Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program, 2006-present

Organizer, six-week intensive Yiddish language and culture course, University of Ottawa, 2006-2007

Ongoing research

Cultural Transmission After Catastrophe: Yiddish in Canada after the Holocaust (funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight grant, 2013-2019)

This multi-year project examines how Canadian Jews have engaged with the Yiddish cultural heritage of Eastern Europe following the devastation of the Nazi Holocaust in four areas: education, literature, theatre, and music.