Anastasiia Strakhova



B.A. in History, International Solomon University (Ukraine)
M.A. in Comparative History and Jewish Studies, Central European University (Hungary)

Research Interests

Modern Jewish history
Eastern Europe
Borderlands studies

Dissertation Topic

"Imagining Emigration: Crossing the Borders of Russian Jewry during the Era of Mass Migration, 1881-1914"

Faculty Advisor

Eric Goldstein
Ellie R. Schainker


Anastasiia Strakhova is a doctoral candidate specializing in Modern Jewish and Russian history. In her dissertation, Anastasiia traces the economic, cultural, and psychological impact of the mass Jewish exodus from late imperial Russia on the remaining population. By combining a careful study of bureaucratic correspondence and institutional archival records with the Jewish press and emigres’ personal papers in Yiddish, Hebrew, and Russian, she explores the transformation of the Russian-Jewish identities and daily life in the wake of mass migration. Therefore, Anastasiia investigates how the exodus influenced the shtetl’s economy and how the people’s back and forth movement expanded knowledge about the world outside of Russia throughout the Pale of Settlement. The era of mass migration, Anastasiia argues, was a transformative period for Eastern Europe and its repercussions were as tangible in the Russian Empire as in the receiving countries.

Anastasiia’s dissertation research has been supported by the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and History Department’s Joseph J. Mathews Fellowship at Emory University, the Sefer Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization, the American Academy for Jewish Research, the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, the Center for Jewish History, the Max Weber Foundation, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.