Sonia Gollance is a fourth-year graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned a BA in Comparative Literature and Germanic Studies from the University of Chicago. Following graduation, she researched contemporary Yiddish education in Germany, based primarily at Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf, with a Fulbright Research Grant (2009 - 2010). Since 2010 she has also participated in workshops at Yiddish Summer Weimar, including sessions that explore connections between Yiddish and German folk dances. Her research interests include the intersection of German and Yiddish in (fin-de-siècle) literature, dance studies, and gender studies.
In 2012 she co-organized, along with Maya Vinokour, the conference "Minority Reports: Representing Social Identity in (New) Media." She has presented her work at the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania, the Symposium for the 2011 Montreal International Yiddish Theatre Festival, and at the 2009 American Comparative Literature Association Conference in the panel on Global Jewish Languages and Literatures.