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Karen Underhill

Karen Underhill is assistant professor of Polish literature and Polish-Jewish studies in the Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and co-founder of the Polish Jewish Studies Initiative. Her research at the intersection of Polish and Jewish cultures and literatures focuses on Polish and Yiddish modernisms; Bruno Schulz and Galician Jewish culture in the interwar period; and changing narratives of Poland as a multilingual and pluralist space of encounter. She received her PhD in Polish and Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago, was 2012-13 Joseph Kremen Memorial Fellow at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and is co-founder of Massolit Books & Cafe in Krakow. Her articles have appeared in POLIN, East European Politics and Societies, Slavic & East European Journal, Ruch Literacki, Teksty Drugie, and Czas Kultury. She is currently preparing a book manuscript entitled “Writing in the Third Language: Bruno Schulz and Jewish Modernity.”