Barbara Burstin

Adjunct Instructor
Ph.D.: University of Pittsburgh, 1986
Department Member Since: 1986


Barbara Burstin is a respected Holocaust and Jewish studies scholar whose works include “After the Holocaust: The Migration of Polish Jews and Christians to Pittsburgh” published in 1989 and the documentary film “A Jewish Legacy: Pittsburgh,” that she wrote and produced in 2001. She serves as chairwoman of the board of the United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and in her past position as chairwoman in 2004 she headed their Community Campaign which raised money to meet the health, social service and educational needs of the Jewish community in Pittsburgh, Israel and throughout the world. Prior to this position she was the president of the Rose and Ed Berman Hillel Jewish University Center and president of the American Jewish Committee. She also serves on the board of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and sits on the City of Pittsburgh Human Relations Commission. She currently teaches history at both Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. in 1962 and went on to gain her master’s in history education from Columbia University in 1963 prior to acquiring her doctorate in history from the University of Pittsburgh in 1986. Burstin is a past recipient of the Sonia & Aaron Levinson Community Relations Award, the Oskar Halecki Prize from the Polish-American Historical Society and the Outstanding Community Leadership Award from the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Zionist Organization of America.

Courses Taught

Jewish American Experience
The Holocaust in Historical Perspective
Jews, Anti-Semitism, and the American Immigration/Refugee Experience

Contact Info

Department of History
Baker Hall 240
P: 412.268.2880
F: 412.268.1019