Maya “Zuni”





MA in History, Certificate in Public History, 2021-2023

University of Massachusetts Amherst

BA in Jewish Studies and History (Intensive), 2017-2021

University of California, Santa Cruz

I am a graduate student in the History Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. My research interests include the histories of mass atrocities, radical Jewish politics, reproductive politics, and collective memory.

No matter what I'm working on, I'm always surrounded by books. Currently, I am a full-time Bibliography Fellow at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA.

Recent Projects

Vi makht men a yidishn zin?

(How do you make a Yiddish zine?)

Self-published, April 2024

Drawing of Zuni by Kathryn Rathke

View and download the zine here

Contributing Guest on Proste Yiddish Podcast, Ep. 36

April 12, 2024

Pillar of Fire: A queer Anti Zionist Haggadah

My hand-carved stamp is featured for the washing of the hands.

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Reproductive Justice Zine: 30+ Yiddish words to talk about reproductive justice

Final Project, Steiner Summer Program 2023

"Imagining the 'Day of Reckoning': American Jewish Protest Performance during the Holocaust"

Master’s Thesis, UMass Amherst, Department of History, 2023

Selected Speaking

Paper, “‘Eretz isroel is unser land’: Interpreting Yiddish and Jewish Nationalisms at the New York Museum of Jewish Heritage," UMass Graduate History Association Conference, April 6, 2024.

Paper, “Sensationalism and Solidarity: The Material, Literary, and Historical Legacies of Chaim Margoles-Davidzon,” Farbindungen Yiddish Conference, February 18, 2024.

Paper, “The Invisible Conflict: American Jewish Activism in Ken Burns’ The US and the Holocaust (2022),” Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference, December 18, 2023.

Invited Lecture, “Yiddish: Past, Present, Future,” Temple Beth El Aptos, November 2, 2023.

Paper, "Staging the 'Chorus of Civilization': Public Displays of Justice in Holocaust Protest Performance," Boston University Graduate Student Political History Conference, April 22, 2023.

Paper, “Imagining the 'Day of Reckoning': Public Displays of Justice in Holocaust Protest Performances,” Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference, December 19, 2022.

Invited Lecture, “Remember Us: Holocaust Representations in European-Jewish Émigré Film, 1942-1945,” History 112: Introduction to World Religions, University of Massachusetts Amherst, October 4, 2021.

Project Presentation, “Remember Us: Online Exhibit” Digital Scholarship Research Symposium, University of California, Santa Cruz, May 29, 2021.

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