Status: PhD Candidate

Adviser: Karen Auerbach and Don Reid

Graduate Email: rmbuller@live.unc.edu

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website

Education

BA University of Toronto, 2014
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016

Research Interests

My dissertation examines the history of Sephardi Jewish immigrants in Paris during the interwar period and the Holocaust. Hailing from the recently dismantled Ottoman Empire, this population numbered upwards of twenty thousand individuals at the outbreak of the Second World War. I am particularly interested in connecting Jewish history and Holocaust studies by asking how the cultural and legal particularities of Sephardi immigrants impacted their experiences in both peacetime and wartime. Familiarity with the French language and culture and “extraterritorial” privileges such as foreign consular protection distinguish the Sephardi interwar and Holocaust experience from that of other immigrant Jews in France. These characteristics, I argue, presented opportunities for social and legal connections in the interwar years that opened options for rescue and survival during the Holocaust.

Some Notable Publications

“Salonican Jews in Auschwitz: Language, History, and Memory,” forthcoming in Yad Vashem Studies, 46:2, December 2018.

Recent Public Engagements

Podcast Host, New Books in Jewish Studies

Courses Offered

History of the Holocaust (CCO Instructor of Record, TA)
The World Since 1945 (TA)
History of the Modern Middle East (TA)
Sport and American History (TA)