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Ruth R. Wisse, PhD

Ruth R. Wisse, PhD
Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature, Harvard University

Ruth Wisse has been Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University since 1993. Before that she taught at McGill University where she helped to found the Jewish Studies Department. She was president of the Association for Jewish Studies, 1985-88.

Wisse has written several books on literature, including The Schlemiel as Modern Hero; A Little Love in Big Manhattan: Two Yiddish Poets; and The Modern Jewish Canon: A Journey through Literature and Culture, which won the 2003 National Jewish Book Award for Scholarship. Her edited works include The I.L.Peretz Reader and The Best of Sholem Aleichem (with Irving Howe).

A frequent commentator on cultural affairs, Wisse is also the author of two political studies If I Am Not for Myself: the Liberal Betrayal of the Jews (Free Press, 1992) and Jews and Power (Schocken, 2007). Her political writings have appeared in Commentary, Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, among others.

Her honors include the National Medal for the Humanities (2007), the National Foundation for Jewish Culture Award for Scholarship (2001), and the Manger Prize for Yiddish Literature (1988).

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