Kerry Wallach


Assistant Professor of German Studies, Gettysburg College

Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Germanic Languages & Literatures, 2011

M.A. University of Pennsylvania, Germanic Languages & Literatures, 2005

B.A.   Wesleyan University, College of Letters (High Honors)


Research interests:

20th-century German literature, culture, film, and media; Weimar Republic; German-Jewish history; Yiddish literature in translation; Jewish American literature; women, gender, and sexuality studies; visual and consumer culture.

Dissertation Title: Observable Type: Jewish Women and the Jewish Press in Weimar Germany
(awarded the Women in German Dissertation Prize in 2012)


Recent Publications:

“Recognition for the ‘Beautiful Jewess’: Beauty Queens Crowned by Modern Jewish Print Media.” In Globalizing Beauty: Consumerism and Body Aesthetics in the Twentieth Century, edited by Hartmut Berghoff and Thomas Kühne, 131-50. German Historical Institute “Worlds of Consumption” Series. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

“Weimar Jewish Chic: Jewish Women and Fashion in 1920s Germany.” In Fashioning Jews: Clothing, Culture, and Commerce, edited by Leonard J. Greenspoon, 113-35. Studies in Jewish Civilization Series, Vol. 24. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2013.

“Kosher Seductions: Jewish Women as Employees and Consumers in German Department Stores.” In Das Berliner Warenhaus: Geschichte und Diskurse / The Berlin Department Store: History and Discourse,edited by Godela Weiss-Sussex and Ulrike Zitzlsperger, 117-37. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang, 2013.

“Was auf dem (jüdischen) Spiel stand. Die Preisausschreiben der jüdischen Presse in der Weimarer Republik.” In Nicht nur Bildung, nicht nur Bürger: Juden in der Populärkultur, edited by Klaus Hödl, 45-62. Innsbruck: StudienVerlag, 2013. (In German.)

“Paths of Modernity: Jewish Women in Central Europe.” In The Wiley-Blackwell History of Jews and Judaism, edited by Alan T. Levenson, 422-40. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

Kerry Wallach