Dr Hannah Holtschneider

Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies


Hannah Holtschneider joined the University of Edinburgh in 2005, following a post-doctoral fellowship at the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations and the University of Cambridge. She is a cultural historian of twentieth-century Jewish history, with a particular focus on the impact of the Holocaust on Jewish/non-Jewish relations. 

Hannah is the author of 'The Holocaust and Representations of Jews: History and Identity in the Museum' (Routledge 2011), 'German Protestants Remember the Holocaust: Theology and the Construction of Collective Memory' (Lit. Verlag 2001), and 'Jewish Orthodoxy in Scotland: Rabbi Dr Salis Daiches and Religious Leadership' (EUP 2019), as well as numerous articles on Jewish/non-Jewish relations. Most recently, she was PI of a major AHRC-funded project on Jewish migration to Scotland (2015-2018).


MPhil (Trinity College Dublin, 1995).

PgDip (University of Oxford, 1996).

PhD (University of Birmingham, 2000).

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (since 2003).

Responsibilities & affiliations

Founding co-convenor of the Edinburgh Jewish Studies Network.

Affiliate member of the Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History.


External Roles

Founding committee Member of British Association for Holocaust Studies.

Co-editor of Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History.

Member of the Weinstein Holocaust Symposium, held biannually at Wroxton College, Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Undergraduate teaching

  • REST10034 Jewish-Christian Relations in Modern Times
  • REST10033 Visual Representations of the Holocaust and Religion
  • REST10049 Modern Religious and Ethical Debates in Contemporary Literature

Postgraduate teaching

  • REST11012 Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
  • REST11013 Themes and Explorations in Jewish-Christian Relations
  • REST11017 The Holocaust in Visual Culture

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I welcome applications from students with a strong academic background in Jewish Studies or another relevant Humanities discipline.

My own expertise primarily lies in the following areas:

  • Modern Jewish cultural history with a focus on Germany, the UK and Scotland
  • Migration, religion and culture
  • Holocaust representation and memorialisation
  • Museum studies
  • Jewish/non-Jewish relations in modern Europe

In addition to these areas of expertise, joint supervision with colleagues in other Subject Areas in the School of Divinity is possible, as well as co-supervision arrangements with colleagues in parts of the University. For a list of staff with a research interest in Jewish Studies, see the Edinburgh Jewish Studies Network webpage. The Jewish Studies Network offers opportunities for graduate students to network within the University of Edinburgh, and with staff and students at other Scottish and northern English universities, and participate in a series of events across the academic year.

For more information please see the Jewish Studies research area page.

Current PhD students supervised

  • Sophie Bayer, Ernst Levin Archive (principal supervisor, 50% with Peter Davies.)

Past PhD students supervised

  • Katarina Ockova, PhD Social Anthropology 2019, (assistant supervisor).

  • Lizzy Robinson-Self, PhD German Studies 2019 (assistant supervisor).

  • Louise Gramstrup, PhD Religious Studies, 2017 (principal supervisor).

  • Ryan Tafilowski, PhD Theology, 2017 (principal supervisor).

  • Katie Leggett, PhD Theology, 2014 (assistant supervisor).
  • Sami Helewa, PhD Religious Studies, 2012 (assistant supervisor).

  • Ritske Rensma, PhD Religious Studies, 2008 (assistant supervisor).

  • Clare Dowling-Macdonad, MSc by Research, Theology, 2015 (principal supervisor).
  • Maria Güther, MSc by Research, Cultural Studies, 2013 (assistant supervisor).
  • Konrad Matyjaszek, MSc by Research, Architecture, 2012 (co-supervisor).

Past project grants

2015-2018: 'Jewish Lives, Scottish Spaces: Jewish Migration to Scotland, 1880-1950' (PI, AHRC funded).

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