Yael Schacher

Adjunct Faculty in American Studies, English, and History. Hartford.

Yael Schacher received a BA. in English from Columbia University and an AM in History from Harvard, where she also recently completed her PhD in American Studies.

Yael’s main areas of interest are the history and representation of immigration and ethnicity and modern American intellectual history and cultural studies. Her dissertation, “Exceptions to Exclusion: The Prehistory of Asylum in the United States,” traced the relationship of immigration to refugee policy over the course of the twentieth century, examining claims for refuge by political exiles, war widows and orphans, deserting seamen, and stranded students, among others. For the past several years, Yael has taught about American ethnic literature and migration history; working women in US history and literature; literary modernism and postmodernism; and the US in the world in the 20th century.

Yael served on the editorial board of New Literary History of America (Harvard University Press, 2009) and was a research assistant for Harvard’s digital archives on immigration to the US. (http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/immigration/).

At UConn, Yael has focused the Introduction to American Studies course on such topics as justice in American society and secrecy in American culture.