Marat Grinberg emigrated to the United States from Ukraine in 1993, studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. A scholar of Jewish and Russian literature and culture and of cinema, he is a Professor of Russian and humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Grinberg is the author of “I am to Be Read not from Left to Right, but in Jewish: from Right to Left”: The Poetics of Boris Slutsky (2011), published in the Russian translation in 2020, Aleksandr Askoldov: The Commissar (2016), and co-editor of Woody on Rye: Jewishness in the Films and Plays of Woody Allen (2013). Marat Grinberg’s most recent essays have appeared in Tablet Magazine, Mosaic, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He lectures widely on topics ranging from Shoah literature and film to Jewish-Russian poetry. Grinberg’s latest book, just published by Brandeis University Press’s Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry, is The Soviet Jewish Bookshelf: Jewish Culture and Identity Between the Lines. He is currently working on an annotated translation of Mikhail Goldis’s Memoirs of a Jewish Public Prosecutor from Soviet Ukraine and a study of Jewishness in Russian, Ukrainian, and East European science fiction of the Soviet era.
Professor of Russian and Humanities, Reed College