Ruth Ellen Gruber is an American writer, photographer, and independent scholar who has chronicled Jewish heritage, cultural developments and other contemporary European Jewish issues for three decades. She coined the term “Virtually Jewish” to describe the way the so-called “Jewish space” in Europe is often filled by non-Jews. Her latest books are “National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Europe,” published in 2007, and “Letters from Europe (and Elsewhere),” published in 2008. She also is working on “Sauerkraut Cowboys: Imaginary Wild Wests in Contemporary Europe,” an exploration of the American West in the European imagination for which she received a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEH summer stipend grant.
From January-March 2011 she was Scholar in Residence at the Hadassah Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University, and in 2015 she was the Distinguished Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston (SC).
She directs the web site www.jewish-heritage-europe.eu
For further information, full bio and CV, go to Ruth’s web site: www.ruthellengruber.com