Tatjana Soldat-Jaffe

Tatjana Soldat-Jaffe

Contact Information

Associate Professor
Office Location
Diffenbaugh 308
Office Hours

T Th 10:00- 12:00 p.m.

German Program Undergraduate Advisor

Tatjana Soldat-Jaffe holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL. Her research centers on language and identity, the politics of language, minority languages, and translation studies. She explores in particular the performative function of language.

Courses Taught

GER 3930: Special Topics
GER 4591: Study in an Author or Theme
LIN 4930: Globalization of Language
LIN 4930: Language Planning
LIN 4930: Zombie Linguistics
LIN 3041: Intro to Language
LIN 4930: Conversation Analysys

Selected Publications


In her sociolinguistic book, Twenty-First Century Yiddishism: Language, Identity, and the New Jewish Studies. (Sussex Academic, 2012), Soldat-Jaffe explores the politics of Yiddish as a religious, an ethnic, and a secular language. Her work depicts the struggle Yiddish has experienced as a diaspora language.

“Yiddish in Hip-Hop Authenticities: 'Keepin’ It Real' as a Discursively Mediated Mode in Yiddish Vernacular.” In Aspects of Performance in Faith Settings: Heavenly Acts (ed. Andrey Rosowski), pp. 106-123 (2019).


  • Soldat-Jaffe, T., Beattie, P., & Bertacco, S. (Eds.). (2016). Translation and the Global Humanities [edited special journal issue]. Special issue of Centennial Review 16.1.
  • “Translation: An Exercise in Midrashic Reading.” In Centennial Review 16.1. Special Issue: "Translation and the Global Humanities." T. Soldat-Jaffe, S. Bertacco, and P. Beattie (eds.) 2016.
  • “Yiddish Wikipedia.” In Faith and Language Practices in Digital Spaces. A. Rosowsky. (ed.). Bristol: Multilingual Matters. 2016.
  • "The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages for the Protection of Regional Cultures and Languages: A Magnum Opus or a Modus Vivendi?" Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Matters. June 2014.
  • "Zombie Linguistics." In The Year’s Work in Braiiins: Zombies vs. Professors. A. Jaffe and E. Comentale (eds.). Bloomington: Indiana University, 2014, pp. 338-356.
  • Review of Rabinovitch, Lara et al. (eds.). 2012. Choosing Yiddish: New Frontiers of Language and Culture. Detroit: Wayne State University Press." In Journal of Jewish Languages, no. 1 (2013).
  • “Yiddish without Yiddishism: Tacit Language Planning Among Haredi Jews,” Journal of Jewish Identities, 3 (2) 2010: 1-24.