Jarrod Tanny, Assistant Professor

Charles and Hannah Block Distinguished Fellow in Jewish History

Morton Hall 254 |910.962.7580 |tannyj@uncw.edu

Jarrod Tanny

Jarrod Tanny is Assistant Professor of History and the Charles and Hannah Block Distinguished Fellow of History.  Between 2008 and 2010 he was the Schusterman post-Doctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies at Ohio University.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, focusing on Russian-Jewish history.  Originally from Montreal, Canada, he completed an M.A. at the University of Toronto and a B.A. at McGill University.  His forthcoming monograph, City of Rogues and Schnorrers, examines how the city of Odessa was mythologized as a Jewish city of sin, celebrated and vilified for its Jewish gangsters, pimps, bawdy musicians, and comedians.  Dr. Tanny also specializes in the study of Jewish humor and the impact that traditional Yiddish culture has had on popular culture in America and the USSR.


City of Rogues and Schnorrers.  (Indiana University Press, Forthcoming)

“The Jews in the Land of the Russian Tsars, 1772-1917,” in The Blackwell History of Jews and Judaism.  Edited by Alan T. Levenson (Wiley-Balckwell, forthcoming).

“Kvetching and Carousing under Communism: Old Odessa as the Soviet Union’s Jewish City of  Sin,” East European Jewish Affairs, Vol. 39, No. 3 (Dec. 2009).

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