Ruth Wisse

Ruth R. Wisse is Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, a former director of its Center for Jewish Studies, and a distinguished senior fellow at the Tikvah Fund. Her books on literary subjects include an edition of Jacob Glatstein’s two-volume fictional memoir, The Glatstein Chronicles (2010), The Modern Jewish Canon: A Journey through Literature and Culture (2003), and A Little Love in Big Manhattan (1988). She is also the author of two political studies, If I Am Not for Myself: The Liberal Betrayal of the Jews (1992) and Jews and Power (2007). Her latest book, No Joke: Making Jewish Humor, a volume in the Library of Jewish Ideas, was recently published by Princeton University Press.