Viola Alianov-Rautenberg

Research Fellow, GHI Pacific Office

Pacific Office of the German Historical Institute Washington
Institute of European Studies | University of California, Berkeley | 249 Philosophy Hall | Berkeley, CA 94720-2316
Phone +1.202.387.3355

Biographical Summary

Dr. Viola Alianov-Rautenberg joined the GHI Pacific Office as a Research Fellow in 2024. She is a historian of German, Jewish, and Israeli history of the 19th and 20th century. She is especially interested in questions of gender, home, and migration as well as sound and music. She received her Ph.D. in 2018 from the Berlin Institute of Technology. Her first book, No Longer Ladies and Gentlemen: Gender and the German-Jewish Migration to Mandatory Palestine, was published by Stanford University Press in October 2023. Before joining the GHI, Viola held positions at the Koebner Minerva Center for German History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Bucerius Institute for the Research of Contemporary German History and Society at the University of Haifa, and the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her current research project explores songs and singing in Jewish migration.

Main Areas of Interest

  • German-Jewish History
  • Gender History
  • Sound and Music/Song Studies
  • History of Home and Homemaking
  • Israeli History and Culture