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Tova Casey Markenson

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Project "Illicit Jewish Exchange: Jewish Pimps, Prostitutes and Campaigners in a Transnational German and British Context, 1875–1940"

Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung
Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 104-106
10553 Berlin

Research and Teaching Interests

Queer Jewish Performance; Theatre in Diaspora; Latin American Jewish History; Gender and Jewish Migration; Race, Ethnicity, and Jewishness; Global Yiddish Culture; Embodiment



2020 Ph.D. Northwestern University, Interdisciplinary Theatre & Drama

2012 B.A. Carleton College, English with honors in thesis and major


Academic Appointments

2020-23 Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Research on Antisemitism, Technische Universität Berlin

2020-23 Visiting Researcher, Queen Mary University of London, School of History


Awards and Fellowships 

2020 Latin American Jewish Studies Association Edna Aizenberg Research Award

2019-20 Northwestern Crown Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Studies 2018-20 Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Doctoral Scholarship 2018-9 Sexualities Project at Northwestern Dissertation Fellowship

2018 American Society for Theatre Research Helen K. Chinoy Dissertation Fellowship 2018 American Academy for Jewish Research Graduate Student Travel Grant 2017 Buffett Institute for Global Studies Research Travel Award

2017 Chicago YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Grant

2016 Mid-Atlantic Theatre Conference Emerging Scholar Award

2014 Northwestern Mellon Cluster Fellowship in Latin American and Caribbean Studies


Monograph in Process:

Present to the Past: Shame, Sexuality, and the Jewish Body (1870-1940). Expected manuscript submission December 2023.


Peer-Reviewed Articles:

“Queer Magic and the Yiddish Stage: Jewish Witches in Performance.” In process, expected submission December 2022.

“Acts of Choice: Motion and Emotion in Jewish Women’s Migration History.” Under review, submitted January 2021.

“Jewish Immigrant Theatre and the Argentinean Avant-Gardes: The Case of Ibergus in Buenos Aires (1926),” Modern Drama 63, no. 4 (2020): 455-476.


Book Chapter:

“Consider the Source: Applying Feminist Methods to Argentinean Yiddish Theatre History,” in Women and the Yiddish Stage. Syracuse University Press, eds. Alyssa Quint and Amanda Seigel (in press, forthcoming 2021).



Performance review: “La Shikse by Sebastián Kirszner,” Theatre Journal 71, no. 1 (2019): 105-6.

Performance review: “Queering Broadway: Indecent and Lesbian Yiddish Love,”In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies, September 2017.

Book review: “Dancing Jewish: Jewish Identity in American Modern and Postmodern Dance,” Theatre Research International 41, no. 1 (2016): 89-91.

Book review: “Theatre of Good Intentions: Challenges and Hopes for Theatre and Social Change,” Theatre Topics 25 no. 3 (2015): 307-308.



Public Scholarship


Co-Host of “The Feminist Archive” with Dr. Paola Zichi (Queen Mary University, UK)

as part of a binational research project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the German Research Foundation (DFG).


Public Humanities Writing:

“Adapting God of Vengeance in Buenos Aires: An Interview with Argentinean Director Daniel Teveles,” Digital Yiddish Theatre Project (2021).

“Acting Like a Jewish Witch: An Interview with The Sorceress Star Mikhl Yashinksy,” In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies” (October 2020). ingeveb.org/blog/acting-like-a-jewishwitch.

“Rosa Rapoport and Teatro IFT in Buenos Aires,” Digital Yiddish Theatre Project (April 2018). yiddishstage.org/rosa-rapoport-and-der-yidisher-folks-teater-in-buenos-aires.

“Perla Rosenblum: A Porteño Life in Yiddish Theatre,” Digital Yiddish Theatre Project (November 2017). yiddishstage.org/perla-rosenblum.

“Yiddish Lives, Smirks, and Breathes: Restoring Community Theatre into Yiddish History,” Digital Yiddish Theatre Project (October 2015). yiddishstage.org/yiddishlives-smirks-and-breathes-restoring-community-theatre-into-yiddish-history.

“Wrestling with Jewish Learning,” Feminism and Religion (June 2014). feminismandreligion.com/2014/06/26/wrestling-with-jewish-learning-by-caseytova-markenson/.

“You Play Like a Girl,” Skyd Magazine (May 2014). skydmagazine.com/2014/05/play-like-girl/.


Encyclopedia Entries:

“The Vilna Troupe,” “Sarah Bernhardt,” “Jewish Colonization Association,” “Society for Jewish Folk Music,” among others for the Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization.


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