University Affiliation: Center for Jewish History, New York, NY

Position: Fellow, Frankel Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies


PhD in Comparative Literature, New York University

B.A. in English, Yale University

About Dr. Caplan

Marc Caplan is a native of Louisiana and a graduate of Yale University. Since earning his PhD in comparative literature from New York University in 2003, he has held research appointments and professorships at Indiana University, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, the Johns Hopkins University, Universität Konstanz (Germany), and the Center for Jewish History (New York). In the current school year he will be a research fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies in Ann Arbor.

In 2011, he published his first book, How Strange the Change: Language, Temporality, and Narrative Form (Stanford), a comparison of 19th century Yiddish literature with the postcolonial African novel in English and French. Currently he is completing a second book manuscript comparing the Yiddish modernists active in interwar Berlin with contemporaneous German-language literature, film, music, and critical theory. Forthcoming book projects include a study of music theory, multilingualism, and avant-garde literature in the 20th century, and a study of Jewish humor from the early 19th century to the early 21st century.

When not working, or "working," he enjoys speaking Yiddish with his two children, listening to almost any type of music, and watching The Simpsons--even the recent seasons!