Alexandra Zborovsky

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Ph.D Candidate

Stephen F. Cohen-Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Research Fellow in Russian Historical Studies
Visegrad Fellow at the Open Society Archives

Sasha Zborovsky is a fourth-year PhD student studying modern Russian and Soviet history and modern Jewish history.  Her doctoral dissertation investigates the diaspora of almost two million Jews from the former Soviet Union in the post-Stalin era.  She investigates Soviet Jews’ desire to depart and the cultural, social, and economic circumstances fueling that aspiration.  She has presented her research both at the Association for Jewish Studies and the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies.  

Sasha served as a fellow at the university's Center for Teaching and Learning where she organized and lead workshops and seminars on pedagogy.  Sasha also previously served as the co-president of Clio, the history department’s graduate student association between 2021 and 2023. 

Advisors: Benjamin Nathans and Beth Wenger



M.A., History, University of Pennsylvania, 2022

B.A., History, English Literature (honors), summa cum laude, The Ohio State University, 2020

Research Interests

Soviet and Russian History

Transnational Jewish History

Nationalism and Migration

Courses Taught

History 0290 The Soviet Century, 1917-1991 (Spring 2022; B. Nathans)

History 1710 – Jews in the Modern World (Fall 2022; B. Wenger)

History 333 – The Napoleonic Era & Tolstoy (Spring 2022; P. Holquist)

History 135 – The Cold War: A Global History 1945-1991 (Fall 2021; B. Nathans)