Director Emerita, The Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies, Professor Emerita, Department of Religious Studies
Gilya Schmidt’s research interests are deeply anchored in the world of German Jewry. For the past 20 years, she has explored the life and thought of Martin Buber, the creative outpourings of cultural Zionism at the turn of the nineteenth century, the art and artists of the early Zionist movement, as well as the history of rural Jewish communities in southern Germany. Her book, Süssen Is Now Free of Jews: World War II, the Holocaust, and Rural Judaism, appeared in July 2012 and is available HERE. She regularly translates important Jewish texts from German into English and edits work by authors important to the study of German Jewry, including the Holocaust. Current research also includes a study of Jewish liturgical music in the twentieth century. For a list of books, please see the Judaic Studies website under “Research Projects” then “Schmidt Publications.”
- Ph.D.in Comparative Religion, concentration in Judaism. University of Pittsburgh, 1991
Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellow 1985-86.
- M.A., Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, 1985
- B.A., Liberal Arts, summa cum laude, University of Pittsburgh, 1983.
Chancellor’s Scholar and University Scholar.