Joshua Tapper is a doctoral candidate in Jewish History. His dissertation-in-progress examines the revival of Jewish organizational and cultural life in the final years of the Soviet Union and early post-Soviet period. Broader research interests include transnational Jewish politics during the Cold War, post-war Jewish migrations, and the contemporary Russian-speaking Jewish diaspora.
Josh holds a BA from Dalhousie University, in Halifax, NS, and master's degrees from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Toronto's Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Canada's Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Tablet, the Jewish Daily Forward, and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, among other publications. Josh has maintained several public history engagements in recent years: he initiated Toronto Jewry and the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Oral History Project, which collects and preserves narratives about Toronto's Jewish communal response to COVID-19, in collaboration with the Ontario Jewish Archives; and, at Stanford's Taube Center for Jewish Studies, hosted and co-produced Primary Source, a podcast about significant texts in Jewish history and culture.
Outside of Stanford he serves as managing editor of Canadian Jewish Studies, an interdisciplinary scholarly journal devoted to the Canadian Jewish experience.