• Dr. Tanny is Associate Professor of History and the Charles and Hannah Block Distinguished Scholar in Jewish History at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Dr. received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, focusing on Russian and Jewish history. His first book, City of Rogues and Schnorrers (Indiana University Press, 2011), 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. Since then, he has published many scholarly essays on Jewish Humor. His second book The Seinfeld Talmud (Academica Press, 2023) a satiric take on the hit TV series, in which the great rabbis of the Talmudic era gather in the Yeshiva to discuss and debate the issues raised in each Seinfeld episode weighed against Judaic law. He has also published numerous op-eds on antisemitism in The Forward, The Times of Israel, and The Jewish Journal, Tablet Magazine, and the Jewish Review of Books. In 2022, Dr. Tanny founded the Jewish Studies Zionist Network.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2021-01-01 Natan M. Meir, Stepchildren of the Shtetl: The Destitute, Disabled, and Mad of Jewish Eastern Europe, 1800-1939AJS Review.  45. 2021-01-01
    2021-01-01 The Gonef’s WeddingJewTh!nk2021-01-01
    2020-01-01 A Pickler on the Roof.” Review of Seth Rogen’s An American PickleJewTh!nk2020-01-01
    2020-01-01 Curb Your Orgasm: Larry David and the Schlimazel as Sexual DeviantJewish Film & New Media: An International Journal.  7. 2020-01-01
    2019-01-01 Anna Shternshis, When Sonia Met Boris: An Oral History of Jewish Life Under Stalin,Journal of Jewish Identities.  12. 2019-01-01
    2019-01-01 Kirtsen Fermaglich, A Rosenberg by Any Other Name: A History of Jewish Name Changing in AmericaThe American Jewish Archives.  71. 2019-01-01
    2019-01-01 “In My Country There Is Problem,”Jewish Review of Books2019-01-01
    2017-01-01 A Bad, Bold, Big-Nosed, Biblical Brother: Refashioning the Funny Jew in Post-World War Two AmericaJournal of Modern Jewish Studies.  16. 2017-01-01
    2017-01-01 Alexander Z. Gurwitz, A Yiddish Life in Russia and TexasSouthern Jewish History.  20. 2017-01-01
    2017-01-01 Hana Wirth-Nesher (ed.), The Cambridge History of Jewish American LiteratureReview of Rabbinic Judaism.  20. 2017-01-01
    2016-01-01 Decoding Seinfeld’s JewishnessStudies in Contemporary Jewry.  29. 2016-01-01
    2016-01-01 On Kanter’s Lunch: Old Jews Slurping Soup and the Fate of Jewish HumorJewish Film & New Media: An International Journal.  201-206. 2016-01-01
    2015-01-01 David Gillota, Ethnic Humor in Multiethnic AmericaJournal of American Ethnic Histor.  35. 2015-01-01
    2015-01-01 The Anti-Gospel of Lenny, Larry, and Sarah: Jewish Humor and the Desecration of ChristendomAmerican Jewish History.  29. 2015-01-01
    2014-01-01 Faith Hillis, Children of Rus’: Right-Bank Ukraine and the Invention of a Russian NationThe American Historical Review.  119. 2014-01-01
    2014-01-01 “Mit Odessy, żydowskiego miasta grzechu,”Midrasz.  4. 2014-01-01
    2012-11-01 Between the Borscht Belt and the Bible Belt: Crafting Southern Jewishness through Chutzpah and HumorSouthern Jewish History.  15:119-167. 2012-11-01
    2009-12-01 Kvetching and Carousing under Communism: Old Odessa as the Soviet Union’s Jewish City of SinEast European Jewish Affairs/Routledge.  39:315-346. 2009-12-01
    Pfefferman’s Complaint: Transparent and the Tenacity of Jewish Familial Stereotypes


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    2020-01-01 "'We’re Safe Here, but Poland is a State of Mind': Jewish Literature and the Exploitation of Holocaust Consciousness,” -- Laughter After; Humor and the Holocaust.  Wayne Strate University Press. 2020-01-01
    2012-05-01 The Jews in the Land of the Russian Tsars, 1772-1917.  The Blackwell History of Jews and Judaism. 361-380. 2012-05-01


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    2012-03-01 Harriet Murav, Music from a Speeding Train: Jewish Literature in Post-Revolution RussiaH-Judaic. 2012-03-01
    2012-03-01 Review of Eugene M. Avrutin, Jews and the Imperial State: Identification Politics in Tsarist RussiaJournal of World History. 221-224. 2012-03-01
    2011-10-01 City of Rogues and Schnorrers: Russia’s Jews and the Myth of Old OdessaIndiana University Press. 288. 2011-10-01
    2011-08-01 Review of Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Lenin’s Jewish QuestionH-Russia. 2011-08-01
    2010-01-01 Review of Leonid Smilovitskii, Evrei v Turove: Istoriia mestechka Mozyrskogo Poles’iaThe Russian Review. 155-156. 2010-01-01
    2009-01-01 Review of Anna Makolkin, The Nineteenth Century in Odessa: One Hundred Years of Italian Culture on the Shores of the Black Sea (1794-1894),University of Toronto Quarterly. 2009-01-01


    Research Overview

  • Jews in Russia and the Soviet Union
    History of Odessa, Ukraine
    Jewish humor in America and in Russia
    Holocaust memory in popular culture
  • Principal Investigator On

    Teaching Overview

  • Modern Jewish history, Judaism, Jewish humor and popular culture, Holocaust, Zionism and Israel, Russian History
  • Full Name

  • Jarrod M Tanny