Brian Dolber

Brian Dolber is Associate Professor of Communication at California State University San Marcos, where he teaches courses on media history, technology, and political economy. He is the author of Media and Culture in the U.S. Jewish Labor Movement: Sweating for Democracy in the Interwar Era (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), which explores the Jewish Left’s innovative strategies in maintaining newspapers, radio stations, and educational activities during a moment of crisis in global democracy-- the 1920s and 1930s. By adapting to an emerging media environment dependent on advertising, Jewish immigrant socialists constructed a new political identity compatible with American liberalism and an expanding consumer society, securing a place within the New Deal coalition they helped to produce. His current research examines the organizing efforts and media strategies of app-based drivers. Dr. Dolber is co-editor The Gig Economy: Workers and Media in the Age of Convergence (Routledge, 2021). His scholarship has appeared in journals including Communication, Culture & Critique, Communication Theory, and the Historical Journal of Film, Television & Radio, and other writing has appeared in Jewish Currents and Labor Notes. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.



Review of Transatlantic Russian Jewishness by Gennady Estraikh

Brian Dolber

Estraikh paints a vibrant picture of Yiddish socialism’s fluidity and its many tendencies as it responded to the tensions and traumas of the twentieth century.