German Studies Faculty

Nick Block

Assistant Professor of the Practice



My current manuscript is titled Schlepping Culture: The Jewish Renaissance between German and Yiddish, 1880-1930, for which I have received two awards for published articles and the 2016 Leo Baeck Institute Early Career fellowship. This research details the transnational cultural transfers between German and Yiddish modernism as a result of mass migration. My research interests more broadly engage with German-Jewish intellectual history, Yiddish literature, Jewish-Muslim relations in contemporary German culture, Orientalism, and the quest for a new language in German literature since 1945. I have worked as a translator for the PBS television series Finding Your Roots and as an archivist for the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.



Schlepping Culture: The Jewish Renaissance between German and Yiddish, 1880-1930


“Multilingualism in and for German Studies: Report from a Seminar.” Die Unterrichtspraxis / Teaching German (under review).

“A Berlin Republic Convivencia? Ethnic Tensions in the Turkish-German-Jewish Triangle.” German Studies Review 40, no. 2 (May 2017). doi:10.1353/gsr.2017.0050.

“On Nathan Birnbaum’s Messianism and Translating the Jewish Other.” The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 60 (2015): 61-78. doi:10.1093/leobaeck/ybv002.

•             Awarded the 2015 Leo Baeck Essay Prize

“If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem: The Jewish Exilic Mind in Else Lasker-Schüler’s IchundIch.” Nexus: Essays in German Jewish Studies 2 (2014): 103-120.

“Ex Libris and Exchange: Immigrant Interventions in the German-Jewish Renaissance.” The German Quarterly 86, no. 3 (Summer 2013): 334-353. doi:10.1111/gequ.10186.

•             Awarded the 2012 AATG-The German Quarterly Best Graduate Student Paper


Review of Strangers in Berlin: Modern Jewish Literature between East and West, 1919–1933 by Rachel Seelig. German Quarterly 90, no. 2 (Spring 2017). doi:10.1111/gequ.12034.

Review of Kafka’s Jewish Languages: The Hidden Openness of Tradition by David Suchoff. German Studies Review 37, no. 3 (October 2014): 678-680. doi:10.1353/gsr.2014.0124.