Sharon Zelnick is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Comparative Literature, minoring in media studies. She works in the fields of Holocaust studies, Jewish American literature, cultural memory studies, migration literature, and visual culture. Sharon’s research focuses on literary and artistic projects created by Israelis and Jewish Americans who have migrated to Germany. She comparatively analyzes their photography collections, films, poems and prose that memorialize the Holocaust and sometimes also the Nakba.


  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), Research Fellowship, 2022-2023
  • Northwestern University’s Holocaust Education Foundation Summer Fellowship, 2022
  • Fritz, Jenny, and Gustav Berger Fellowship in Holocaust Studies, 2023 – 2024
  • Mellon Fellowship for Digital Humanities Seminar in Teaching Excellence, Spring 2022
  • Nazarian Center Graduate Student Summer Research Grant, 2021 and 2022
  • Perlmutter Family Summer Scholarship, 2021
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Grant, 2020 (Michael Rothberg) & 2021(Kalani Michell)
  • 1939 Society Summer Graduate Fellowship, 2019, 2020, 2022
  • Alan D. Leve Graduate Research & Travel Grant for Student Excellence, 2020 and 2022
  • Del Amo Fellowship, 2019 and 2024
  • Leiden University International Study Fund Grant, 2018
  • Tel Aviv University’s Valedictorian, B.A. in Liberal Arts, 2016
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in the Humanities, Tel Aviv University, 2015 and 2016


  • Co-Organizer with Michael Rothberg and Yair Agmon, Working Group in Memory Studies, 2021 – present
  • Co-Organizer with Benjamin Kersten and Sarah Abrevaya Stein, Reading Group in Jewish Visual Culture, 2022 – present
  • Participant, Nazarian Center for Israel Studies Colloquium, 2021 – present
  • Participant, Jewish History Working Group, UCLA, 2021– present
  • Department Representative, Graduate Student Association Humanities Council, 2019-2020


  • B.A., Tel Aviv University, 2016
  • M.A., Leiden University, 2018


  • (Post)memory in literary and artistic works across Palestinian-Israeli-German contexts
  • Intergenerational memory and migration
  • Photography-embedded migrant literature
  • Jewish American Literature



  • Review of American Migrant Fictions: Space, Narrative, Identity by Sonia Weiner,
    Studies in the Novel, Volume 52, Number 2.
  • “Seeing Prose, Scanning Visuals: Aleksandar Hemon’s Photography-Embedded Migrant Literature” (Abstract accepted, article under peer review)
  • “Signed and Unsealed: Dani Gal’s Re-Handling of Migrant Histories” (Abstract accepted, article under peer review)

Field of Interest

Contemporary Literature, Jewish American Literature, Cultural Memory, Media Studies, Migration and Exile, Holocaust Studies, Trauma


English, Hebrew, German


  • Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz: Institute for Film, Theater, Media and Cultural Studies
      • Winter 2022-2023, “Jewish Multimedia Migrant Narratives,” Seminar Instructor
  • University of California, Los Angeles
      • Spring 2022, “Reading and Visualizing Postmemories of the Holocaust and the Nakba,” Seminar Instructor
      • Fall 2021 and Winter 2022, “Political Violence in the Modern World,” Teaching Associate
      • Spring 2021, “Great Books from the World at Large,” Teaching Assistant
      • Fall 2020 & Winter 2021, “Literature from The Age of Enlightenment to the 20th Century,” Teaching Assistant
      • Fall 2019, “Modern Hebrew Literature Made into Films,” Reader
  • Leiden University
      • Fall 2017, “Introduction to Gender Studies,” Reader

Conference Papers

  • “Reading Mizrahi Israeli Multilingual Poetics in Germany as Protest” at the World Congress of Jewish Studies Annual Conference, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, August 2022
  • “Migratory Reimaginations in Germany: Benyamin Reich’s Postmemorial Holocaust Photographs.” at the Mnemonics Summer School, Aarhus University, August 2021.
  • “Holocaust Postmemories and Occupation Hauntings in Dani Gal’s White City” at the Geaneologies of Memory Annual Conference, European Network for Remembrance and Solidarity, November 2020.
  • “Intersectional Resistance in Shirin Neshat’s I Will Greet the Sun Again” at the Memory and Political Responsibility Conference, UCLA, February 2020.
  • “Shifting Narratives in Contemporary Photo-Embedded Migrant Fiction” at the International Conference on Narrative, McGill University, April 2018.
  • “Visualizing Histories of Injustice: Photography in Aleksandar Hemon’s The Lazarus Project and W.G. Sebald’s The Emigrants” at the ACLA Annual Meeting, UCLA, March 2018.
  • “Photography as Political Resistance: Protest and Play in Dow Wasiksiri and Manit Sriwanichpoom” at the Platform for Postcolonial Readings Annual Meeting, University of Amsterdam, January 2018.“The Ethics of Visual Representation: Women Refugees in Ad van Denderen’s Go No Go” at NOG (Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies) Graduate Student Conference, Utrecht University, May 2017.