Roni Masel is Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature specializing in Hebrew and Yiddish literatures. Other research and teaching interests also include modern Jewish history and culture in Eastern Europe, the history of reading and history of the book, and queer and postcolonial theory. Masel is currently completing a book manuscript titled Bad Readers: Misreading, Mistranslation, and Other Textual Malpractices in Hebrew and Yiddish, which explores Jewish literatures in Eastern Europe from the perspective of reading and para-literacy, nationalism and dissent. Another project, “Yiddish Empires: Visions of Race and the Global in Modern Yiddish Culture,” examines a globalizing Yiddish culture in the twentieth century between Europe, North America, and South Africa. Masel holds a Ph.D. from New York University and a B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.