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Ashley Walters

Ashley Walters

M.A. Jewish Studies, Washington University in St. Louis, 2012
B.A. Judaic Studies, SUNY Albany, 2009
B.A. Anthropology, SUNY Plattsburgh, 2006


I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Jewish History. My interests include late nineteenth and early twentieth century Russian and American Jewish history, particularly Jewish emigration from late imperial Russia, Jewish women's history in Russia and the United States, Jewish participation in American Bohemias, and second generation cultural production and the New York Intellectuals.
My dissertation focuses on a large number of Russian Jewish immigrant women who arrived in the United States between 1880s and 1920s and become active in radical politics, including labor movements, socialism, anarchism, birth control and women's suffrage. My interest in these women has to do primarily with their early lives in Russia and their intellectual and political trajectory as they immigrated and became active in leftist politics and social movements. Through the use of their personal papers, publications, and a number of oral histories with living relatives, I seek to understand how their Russian Jewish birth, linguistic skills, and cultural makeup informed their political and personal lives, as well as how it translated to fellow Russian Jewish immigrant radicals and to a wider, non-Jewish American public during a period of intense social and economic upheaval.
In addition to my work in the History Department, I completed a Ph.D. Minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at Stanford University.
I currently live in Phildelphia and am an affiliate of the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at University of Pennsylvania.