Dr. Brett Ashley Kaplan


  • Contemporary Jewish Experiences


  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • MA, University of Sussex, Brighton, England
  • BA, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA


Dr. Brett Ashley Kaplan directs the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is a professor of Comparative and World Literature.

Widely published, her writing can be found in HaaretzThe ConversationSalon.comAJS PerspectivesContemporary LiteratureEdge Effects, and the Jewish Review of Books. She has been interviewed on NPR, the AJS Podcast, and The 21st.

Her edited collection, Critical Memory Studies: New Approaches is forthcoming from Bloomsbury, and she is at work on a co-edited collection (with Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell and Sara Feldman) entitled Blewish: Contemporary Black-Jewish Voices. She is also conducting interviews for Fearless Louise, a co-written biography of Louise Fishman with Amy Powell, and working on a second novel, Vandervelde Downs, about the recovery of Nazi-looted objects found in a Vietnamese Refugee Center in provincial England.


  • Critical Memory Studies: New Approaches, editor (Bloomsbury)
  • Rare Stuff (a novel, Spuyten Duyvil)
  • Jewish Anxiety and the Novels of Philip Roth (Continuum/Bloomsbury)
  • Landscapes of Holocaust Postmemory (Routledge)
  • Unwanted Beauty: Aesthetic Pleasure in Holocaust Representation (University of Illinois)