Amy Kerner

Tandem Visiting Fellow

Pacific Office of the German Historical Institute Washington
Institute of European Studies | University of California, Berkeley | 202 Philosophy Hall | Berkeley, CA 94720-2316

Biographical Summary

Amy Kerner is a historian of modern Europe and Latin America, currently researching the Argentine exile diaspora’s activist engagements with the category of “forced disappearance” in the 1970s and after. Her work emphasizes the social and political effects of global and transnational migrations on cultural formations – especially language – and, increasingly, on international law. She comes to the GHI from UT Dallas, where she was the Wald Professor of Holocaust and Human Rights Studies, and was previously a Research Fellow at the Frankel Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds an MA/MSc in International and World History from Columbia and the London School of Economics and a PhD in History from Brown. She is completing her first book manuscript, a transnational history of Argentine Yiddish from mass migration to the dirty war.

Main Areas of Interest

  • Modern Jewish history
  • Language migrations, global Yiddish diasporas
  • Cultural Cold War, Europe and Latin America
  • Southern Cone political exile and activist networks
  • State terror and forced disappearance
  • Transnational history