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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 the History Department. 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, and Jewish participation in revolutionary movements.

My dissertation is titled "The Immigrant Life of Mother Russia: Russian Jewish Women Radicals in Progressive America" and focuses on a small number of Jewish women who arrived in the United States between 1880-1900 and became active in labor movements, socialism, anarchism, birth control, and woman'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, as well as their intimate relationships with a number of prominent Anglo-American intellectuals and authors.
 
In addition to my work in the History Department, I completed a Ph.D. Minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stanford University. I am also an inaugural member of the Women's History Center's Early Career Workshop at the New-York Historical Society.
 
I currently live in Philadelphia and am an affiliate of the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.