Samuel Kassow, Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College, holds a PhD from Princeton University and has lectured and taught in Mexico, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, and Israel. He has been a Lady Davis Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University, the Leon I. Mirell Visiting Professor at Harvard and the Shier Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto. From 2006 until the present Dr. Kassow has been the lead historian for two core exhibition galleries of the recently opened POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. He has received National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson, and Danforth Fellowships and has been an IREX Fellow at Warsaw and Moscow. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Jewish Research.
Dr. Kassow is the author of Students Professors and the State in Tsarist Russia: 1884-1917 (University of California Press, 1989), The Distinctive Life of East European Jewry (YIVO, 2003) and Who Will Write Our History: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Secret Ghetto Archive (Indiana University Press, 2007), a book which received the Orbis Prize and which was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award. It has been translated into eight languages. He is also co-editor of Between Tsar and People (Princeton University Press, 1993) and edited In Those Nightmarish Days: the Ghetto Reportage of Peretz Opoczynski and Josef Zelkowicz (Yale University Press, 2016). A child of Holocaust survivors, Dr. Kassow was born in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany.