Natasha Zaretsky, ph.d.

Cultural Anthropologist. Research interests include the politics of memory and human rights in Latin America; comparative genocide and Holocaust studies; undocumented migrants in the US;  Jewish diaspora in Argentina; post-Soviet Jewish community; and art and the public sphere in Cuba.


Images from fieldwork in Cuba and Argentina



WrITING and Research



MakING the University Great Again:

The Unintended Consequences of

Trump's Immigration Plans 

NOV. 21, 2016

[for Latin America Goes Global]

One week after Donald Trump was elected president, Washington Square filled with protesters staging a walkout from New York University (NYU), demanding that the university proclaim itself a “#SanctuaryCampus.”
As students and alumni circulate and sign petitions, these demands offer glimpses into how citizens are challenging one of the central tenets of the Trump campaign: protectionism and nativism that would build a wall and deport millions. Instead of challenging Trump directly, people are also turning to institutions and communities, such as their universities, to create spaces of protection against Trumpian immigration policy. This trend on campuses also echoes the announcements from major cities, such as New York, Chicago and San Francisco, to become sanctuary cities—local governments that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities seeking to deport migrants. It’s not a cost-free policy for these cities; their positions may very well bring a cut in federal aid under the Trump administration, yet the cities continue to argue for an inclusive vision that provides refuge for the most vulnerable.

Diaspora and Genocide

in the Americas

symposium - APril 4, 2017

On the Way (En Camino) intaglio, 60x40cms, 2001 (copyright  Mirta Kupferminc )

On the Way (En Camino) intaglio, 60x40cms, 2001 (copyright Mirta Kupferminc)

The twentieth century has been viewed as a century of genocide, periods of violent rupture that prompted waves of migration and exile from Europe to the Americas.  Yet, in their new nations, the survivors and their family members experienced periods of state violence, terror, and repression.  This symposium at Rutgers University invites scholars and practitioners working on the intersections of diaspora and genocide in the Americas to explore these questions through a multidisciplinary dialogue. (Co-organized by Emmanuel Kahan and Natasha Zaretsky)



Landscapes of Memory and Impunity chronicles the aftermath of the most significant terrorist attack in Argentina’s history—the 1994 AMIA bombing that killed eighty-five people, wounded hundreds, and destroyed the primary Jewish mutual aid society. This volume, edited by Annette H. Levine and Natasha Zaretsky, presents the first comprehensive, multidisciplinary work about this decisive turning point in Jewish Argentine history—examining the ongoing impact of this violence and the impunity that followed. Chapters explore political protest movements, musical performance, literature, and acts of commemoration.