Introducing our new Associate Director, Dr. Caroline Luce

The UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies is excited to introduce our newly-appointed Associate Director, Dr. Caroline Luce.

Dr. Luce is a graduate of the UCLA History Department, where she completed a degree in American History in 2013. Her research explores the history of immigration, labor, and working-class culture in the American West, with special emphasis on the Jewish diaspora in Los Angeles. She has been awarded fellowships from the New York Public Library, the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, the Southern California Historical Society, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and has published articles in American Jewish History Quarterly, Shofar: A Journal of Jewish Studies, and In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies. For five years now, she has served as the Chief Curator of the Leve Center’s Mapping Jewish Los Angeles Project (, where she has edited a dozen digital exhibitions and published exhibits of her own, including a bilingual digital anthology of Yiddish literature published in Los Angeles, an exhibit about filmmaker and muralist Hugo Ballin, and an examination of Jewish public health responses to tuberculosis in early 20th century L.A. Dr. Luce also served as lead curator for MJLA’s first physical exhibition, “From Brooklyn Avenue to Cesar Chavez: Jewish Histories in Multiethnic Boyle Heights,” which launched at UCLA in November 2016, portions of which were displayed at Los Angeles City Hall as part of Jewish Cultural Heritage Month, and organized a series of related community events funded by the UC Humanities Research Institute. She is currently working a book manuscript entitled, Yiddish in the Land of Sunshine: Jewish Radicalism, Labor and Culture in Los Angeles, 1900-1950.

In her new role as the Leve Center’s Associate Director, Dr. Luce looks forward to expanding the Leve Center’s programming in American Jewish Studies, facilitating Leve Center research projects and collaborating with affiliated faculty, working with graduate students in Jewish Studies and adjacent fields, expanding the Leve Center’s engagement with undergraduates, and extending our collaborative relationships on campus and in the community.

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Sarah Abrevaya Stein

Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director

Viterbi Family Chair in Mediterranean Jewish Studies


Vivian Holenbeck

Assistant Director

Caroline Luce

Caroline Luce

Associate Director


Reina Chung

Financial & Payroll Officer


David Wu

Digital Content and Marketing Designer


Chelsea White

Program Coordinator

Past UCLA CJS Directors


Arnold Band



David N. Myers

1996-2000, 2004-2011


Kenneth Reinhard



Carol Bakhos


Todd S. Presner

Todd S. Presner