"Sociological Functions of Russian Jewish Humor"
Oct. 14, 2009
Emil Draitser is the foremost expert on Russian humor, ethnic jokes and sociological functions of humor. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.
His first book published in the United States, "Forbidden Laughter," (1980) brought him national attention. His most recent book, "Shush! Growing up Jewish under Stalin: A Memoir," is a story of Jewish childhood in totalitarian Russia, the journey of Jewish identity and the ultimate survival.
Draister earned a Ph.D. in Russian literature from the University of California. Since 1986, he has been teaching at Hunter College in New York City.