Naomi Sokoloff

Naomi Sokoloff


Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature; Modern Hebrew language and literature.

Naomi Sokoloff joined the faculty at the University of Washington in 1985, and she has served as Chair of the Jewish Studies Program and as Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization. Her courses in Comparative Literature have included Literature and the Holocaust; Prayer and Poetry: Jewish and Islamic Traditions; Jewish Life in Literature and Film; and Literature of Emerging Nations: Israel and Palestine.

Her research interests cover a range of modern Jewish writing.  Her publications include Imagining the Child in Modern Jewish Fiction (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992) and a number of edited volumes: Gender and Text in Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literature (The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1992); Infant Tongues: The Voice of the Child in Literature (Wayne State University Press, 1994); Israel and America: Cross Cultural Encounters and the Literary Imagination (a special issue of the journal Shofar, 1998); Traditions and Transitions in Israel Studies: Books on Israel, Vol. VI (SUNY Press , 2002); The Jewish Presence in Children’s Literature (a special issue of The Lion and the Unicorn, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003); and Boundaries of Jewish Identity  (with Susan A. Glenn; UW Press, 2010). She has served on the editorial boards of Prooftexts, Shofar, and Hebrew Studies.


  • Princeton University, Ph.D., 1980