Andrea Eidinger was born and raised in the traditional and unceded territory of the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk), a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations and is currently known as Montreal, Quebec. She can trace her ancestry to Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jews from the lands we now refer to as Russia, Ukraine, Austria, and Poland, who came to North America between the 1890s and 1910s, fleeing harsh living conditions and pogroms, and in search of better opportunities.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Hon) in History from McGill University (2006) and a Doctorate of Philosophy in History from the University of Victoria (2011). Her research examines the intersections of gender and ethnicity in postwar Canada, particularly with respect to the role that Jewish women have played in the establishment of Jewish-Canadian identity.
Her work has appeared in Edible Histories, Cultural Politics: Towards a Canadian Food History, edited by Franca Iacovetta, Marlene Epp, and Valerie J. Korinek, in the scholarly journal Histoire Sociale/Social History, and on such blogs as Active History and Notches: (re)marks ont he history of sexuality. She is currently a sessional instructor at the University of British Columbia, but has previously taught at the University of Victoria, the University of the Fraser Valley, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
She currently resides in the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nation, currently known as Richmond, British Columbia.
Random facts outside of the usual bio!
- When I was a little girl, I wanted to be an egyptologist, especially after taking it as an extra-curriculur activity in elementary school, and I still love all things archaeological.
- However, I quickly decided that I wasn’t so keen on the excavation part, so I decided to become a historian instead!
- I am fluently bilingual in English and French, but I can (and do!) swear in Yiddish too.
- I am an avid reader, and I go through a novel every 2 to 3 days.
- What kinds of books do I read? Believe it or not, my favourite genres are historical romance, historical mysteries (including those that are in the magical realism category) and urban/paranormal/steampunk fantasy, especially those with kick-ass female leads. My current favourite authors are Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Anne Bishop, and Sarah J. Maas. Find out about what I’m reading by following me on Goodreads.
- I went to a math and science high school, and I started my post-secondary education in applied science. Then I failed my calculus exam, and decided I hated math. 🙂
- I talked my way into transferring into the Liberal Arts program at Dawson College (a Cégep in Montreal) by talking about my knowledge of Jewish money-lenders in the 18th century, based on what I learned reading Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. I think that turned out rather well. 😉
- My favourite TV shows right now are Jane the Virgin, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Jessica Jones.
- I likely own more crafting supplies (especially yarn) that I’ll ever be able to use over the course of my life.
- I knit all my own socks. And my husband’s too.
- With the exception of one year where I lived in Abbotsford, I have always lived on an island.