Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Vassili Schedrin

Alfred and Isabel Bader Post-Doctoral Fellow
Jewish Studies


Phone: 613-533-6000, ext. 78852
Office: Watson Hall, Room 137



Ph.D., Brandeis University, 2010.


Vassili Schedrin taught Jewish history at many campuses in North America and overseas, including Virginia Tech, Ohio University, Franklin and Marshall College, University of Florida, and St. Petersburg State University in Russia. He has just finished his first book—Jewish Souls, Bureaucratic Minds. Jewish Bureaucracy and Policymaking in Late Imperial Russia, 1850-1917—that examines political and social aspects of the official Jewish policies in the late Russian empire. Dr. Schedrin is currently researching two new book projects—a study of Jewish history writing in the nineteenth-century Russia; and a biography of Solomon Mikhoels (1890-1948), the beloved actor of the Soviet-Yiddish stage and informal leader of Russian Jewry.

Courses Taught

HIST 221, Jewish and World Civilizations (until 1492)
HIST 222, Jewish and World Civilizations (since 1492)
HIST 400-003, Russian-Jewish Encounter in Imperial Russia (18th century-1917)


Jewish Souls, Bureaucratic Minds. Jewish Bureaucracy and Policymaking in Late Imperial Russia, 1850-1917 (Detroit: Wayne State University Press), forthcoming November 2016.

“Story within a Story: The First Russian-Language Jewish History Textbooks, 1880s-1890s,” in Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 30: Jewish Education in Eastern Europe, edited by E.Adler and A.Polonsky (Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization), forthcoming in 2017.

“Wissenschaft des Judentums and the Emergence of Russian Jewish Historiography,” in Wissenschaft des Judentums in Europe: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives, edited by C.Wiese and M.Thulin (Berlin: De Gruyter), forthcoming in 2017.

“Der Boyer Tsvishn Khurbos. Di Ershte Teg fun Sovetishen Yiddishen Teater un di Kurtse Piese fun Shloyme Mikhoels” [Builder amid Ruins. Early Days of the Soviet Yiddish Theater and Short Dramatic Piece by Solomon Mikhoels], Yerushalaimer Almanakh 28 (2008): 306-322.

“Osip Dymov,” in The YIVO Encyclopedia of East European Jewry (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008), Vol. 1, 436.

“Neizvestnaia istoriia khasidizma i drugie raboty Moiseia Berlina” [Unknown History of Hasidism and Other Writings of Moisei Berlin], Arkhiv evreiskoi istorii 1 (2004), 169-192.

“Zhizn‘ i dnevnik Osipa Dymova” [Life and Diary of Osip Dymov], Yehupets 13 (2003): 113-136.

“Equation of GOSET: History of Yiddish Theater in the USSR,” in Yiddish Language and Culture: Then and Now. Studies in Jewish Civilization (Omaha: Creighton University Press, 1998), 93-108.


Rev: October 2016