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Dr. Michael Galchinsky

Dr. Galchinsky teaches courses in 19th c. British Literature, Jewish Studies, and Human Rights Literature. In his literature courses, he encourages students to discover the ways in which texts can serve both as a mirror that reflects contemporary discourses and as a hammer that shapes them. He is especially intrigued by the relationships between literary form and national and global identity. Recent courses have included Human Rights Fiction, Revolutionary Romantic Prose, Single Author courses (The Brontës, Dickens, Eliot), and American Jewish Literature.

In his scholarship, Dr. Galchinsky has focused on human rights culture, law, and history; the Victorian novel, and Jewish history and culture. His book, Jews and Human Rights: Dancing at Three Weddings (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007), combines history and sociology in a study of Jewish human rights activism since World War II. His book The Origin of the Modern Jewish Woman Writer: Romance and Reform in Victorian England (Wayne State University Press, 1996) analyzed the first Jewish women who ever wrote novels. As a 1998 Visiting Skirball Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, he edited Grace Aguilar: Selected Writings (Broadview Press, 2003), a collection of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction prose by the foremost early and mid-Victorian Jewish writer. He has also made forays into diaspora theory and cultural studies: he co-edited with David Biale and Susannah Heschel Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism (University of California Press, 1998).

Dr. Galchinsky is a Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University, an affiliate faculty in GSU's Center for Human Rights and Democracy and GSU's Middle East Institute, and an educational consultant to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Selected Publications:

Jews and Human Rights: Dancing at Three Weddings (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007).

"The Jewish Settlements in the West Bank: International Law and Israeli Jurisprudence," Israel Studies 9.3 (Fall, 2004): 115-136.

Grace Aguilar: Selected Writings (Broadview Press, 2003)

"Africans, Indians, Arabs, and Scots: Jewish and Other Questions in the Age of Empire," Jewish Culture and History 6:1 (Fall, 2003): 46-60.

"Otherness and Identity in the Victorian Novel," in William Baker and Kenneth Womack, eds., Victorian Literary Cultures: A Critical Companion, ( Westport , CT : Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001), 403-420.

Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism (University of California Press, 1998).

The Origin of the Modern Jewish Woman Writer: Romance and Reform in Victorian England
(Wayne State UP, 1996).

Recent and Forthcoming Presentations:

"The Problem with Human Rights Culture," Symposium on Human Rights in the Humanities, Georgia State University, Nov. 5, 2009.

"Using Culture to Teach about Rights: Protest, Testimony, Laughter, Lament," keynote address, Conversations among Partners in Learning in Conjunction with the meeting of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, Nov. 8, 2009.

"Global Civil Culture: Crafting Universal Structures of Feeling," International Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, Feb. 17-20, 2010.

"Quaint and Outdated: The Evolving 'Law of War Paradigm' and the Right to be Recognized," Joint ISA-APSA-IPSA Human Rights Sections Conference, "Assessing the state of human rights nine years after 9/11," Roosevelt University, Chicago, June 10, 2010.



Michael Galchinsky
Ph.D.,University of California at Berkeley, 1994
Professor
19th Century British Literature, Jewish Studies, Human Rights Culture and History


Contact Information
Michael Galchinsky
Department of English
P.O. Box 3970
Atlanta, GA 30302-3970
mgalchinsky@gsu.edu
www.michaelgalchinsky.net
Tel: 404.357.3061
Fax: 404.413.5830