NEJS Faculty

ChaeRan Freeze

ChaeRan Freeze

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

Contact Information

(781) 736-2987
(781) 736-2070 FAX


Lown 312

Mailing Address

ChaeRan Freeze
Brandeis University
MS 054
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454-9110


Brandeis University, Ph.D.
Brandeis University, M.A.
University of California, Irvine, B.A.


ChaeRan Freeze is Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She has focused her research on the history and culture of the Jews in Russia, Jewish family history, and women’s and gender studies. Her most recent courses taught include Early Modern Jewish History; and Russian Jews in the Twentieth Century. Professor Freeze has also taught Who is a Jew: Identity, Conversion, and Citizenship; Women and Gender in Culture and Society; and Feminisms: History, Theory, and Practice.

Selected Publications

Professor Freeze’s articles have appeared in a variety of academic journals and edited collections. Her first book was Jewish Marriage and Divorce in Imperial Russia, which examines the impact of modernization on Jewish family practices and patterns in Imperial Russia based on newly-declassified archival materials from the former Soviet Union. Her most recent book, Everyday Jewish Life in Imperial Russia, 1825-1914: Select Documents (coauthored with Jay Harris), documents the “everyday” (Alltags) as a site of interaction with modernity where Jews confronted the unfamiliar, and negotiated their environment in strategic and creative ways.