Joel Berkowitz

Director, Center for Jewish Studies
Professor, Foreign Languages & Literature

Office: Greene Museum 120A
Phone: (414) 750-3393

UWM People page »

Ph.D., Theatre, City University of New York Graduate Center, 1995
M.A., Theatre, Hunter College, 1991
B.A. cum laude, English, University of Pennsylvania

Teaching and Research Interests:
Yiddish theatre and drama, Yiddish literature and culture, modern Jewish history and literature, and Jews in popular culture.

Joel Berkowitz is Director of the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies and Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A historian of the Yiddish theatre and translator of Yiddish drama, he is the author of Shakespeare on the American Yiddish Stage, editor of Yiddish Theatre: New Approaches, and co-editor of Landmark Yiddish Plays: A Critical Anthology and Inventing the Modern Yiddish Stage. He is the co-founder of the Digital Yiddish Theatre Project (, a research group applying Digital Humanities methods and tools to the study and preservation of Yiddish theatre.

Prof. Berkowitz is currently working on two solo projects: a study of how Yiddish playwrights responded to the Holocaust and its aftermath in the years immediately following World War II, and an anthology of English translations of one-act Yiddish plays.