Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies


Ph.D., Brandeis University

Field of Specialty

Jewish History, Women's and Gender Studies

Contact Information

Lown Center for Judaica Studies 312

ChaeRan Yoo Freeze

Russian-Jewish historian with research interests in gender, family, sexuality, radical movements, and everyday life.


Freeze, ChaeRan Yoo. "The Mariinsko-Sergievskii Shelter for Baptized Jewish Children in St. Petersburg." Jews in the East European Borderlands: Daily Life, Violence, and Memory. Ed. Eugene Avrutin and Harriet Murav. Academic Studies Press, 2011 (forthcoming)

Freeze, ChaeRan Yoo. "Fallen from the Faith: Jewish Converts in Imperial Russia." Church and Society in Modern Russia: Essays in Honor of Gregory Lee Freeze. 1 ed. vol. 1 Ed. Elise Kimerling Wirtschafter and Manfred Hildemeier. Weisbaden: Harrosowitz Verlag, 2016. 157-172.

Freeze, ChaeRan Yoo, ed. The Individual in Jewish History. 1st ed. Waltham: Brandeis University Press, 2015.

Freeze, ChaeRan Yoo. "The Evolution of Roza Georgievna Vinaver: The Making of a Jewish Liberal Politician's Wife." The Individual in Jewish History. 1 ed. vol. 1 Ed. ChaeRan Y. Freeze, Sylvia Fuks Fried, Eugene Sheppard. Waltham: Brandeis University Press, 2015. 313-334.

Freeze, ChaeRan Yoo and Harris, Jay. Everyday Jewish Life in Imperial Russia: Select Documents, 1772-1914. 1st ed. Waltham: Brandeis University Press, 2013.

Freeze, ChaeRan Yoo with Sarunas Liekis and Antony Polonsky, ed. Jews in the Former Grand Duchy of Lithuania Since 1772. 1 ed. Oxford: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2013.

Freeze, ChaeRan Yoo. Nisuim ve-girushim ha-yehudit ba-Imperyah ha-Rusit. Jerusalem: Zalman Shazar Center, 2013.

Freeze, ChaeRan Yoo. ""Russia"." Oxford Bibliographies in Jewish Studies. Ed. David Biale. New York: Oxford Univeresity Press, 2012

Freeze, ChaeRan Yoo. "Lilith's Midwives: Jewish Newborn Child Murder in Nineteenth-Century Vil'na." Jewish Social Studies 16. 2 (2010): 1-27.

Freeze, ChaeRan Yoo. "The Politics of Love in Lev Levanda's Turbulent Times." Gender and Jewish History: Essays in Honor of Paula Hyman. Ed. Marion Kaplan and Deborah Dash Moore. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010. 187-202.

Freeze, ChaeRan Yoo. "'She Done Him In:' Marital Breakdown in a Jewish Family." The Human Tradition in Imperial Russia. 2009 ed. Ed. Christine Worobec. New York: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2009

Freeze, ChaeRan Yoo, Gershon Hundert. "Entries on Family, Gomel, Oskar Gruzenberg, Kharkov, Marriage, Sexuality, Uman, Yikhus." YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe. 2008.

Freeze, ChaeRan Yoo Polonsky, Antony & Hyman, Paula (Eds.). Jewish Women in Eastern Europe. Littman Press, 2005.

Freeze, ChaeRan Yoo. "When Chava Left Home: Gender, Conversion and Family in Tsarist Russia." Jewish Women in Eastern Europe. Littman Press, 2005

Freeze,ChaeRan Yoo. Jewish Marriage and Divorce in Imperial Russia. University Press of New England (Brandeis University), 2002.

Courses Taught

FYS 28b The Jewish Family: Past and Present
GSAS 301d Interdisciplinary Prospectus Seminar
HIST 214b Ethnicity and Religion in the USSR
NEJS 135a The Modern Jewish Experience
NEJS 140b Early Modern Jewish History
NEJS 141a Russian Jews in the Twentieth Century
NEJS 166a Carnal Israel: Exploring Jewish Sexuality from Talmudic Times to the Present
NEJS 166b Who is a Jew? Identity, Conversion, and Citizenship
NEJS 231a Graduate Proseminar in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
NEJS 236b Graduate Seminar in Russian-Jewish History to 1917
WMGS 5a Women, Genders, and Sexualities
WMGS 105b Feminisms: History, Theory, and Practice