Sonia Gollance's research interests include German-Jewish Studies, Yiddish literature, dance studies, gender studies, and regional fiction. Her dissertation, "Harmonious Instability: (Mixed) Dancing and Partner Choice in German-Jewish and Yiddish Literature," concerns the trope of mixed dancing in German-Jewish and Yiddish literature.
Before coming to Penn, 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).
Gollance has organized conferences and colloquia in both Germanic Languages and Literatures and in Jewish Studies, including co-organizing the 2012 conference "Minority Reports: Representing Social Identity in (New) Media." She has presented her work at such venues as the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania, and the 2011 Montreal International Yiddish Theatre Festival. She has also participated in workshops through Yiddish Summer Weimar, the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, the Projektcluster Jüdisches Heiliges Römisches Reich, and the American Academy of Jewish Research. In Spring Semester 2015, she will conduct her dissertation research in Israel courtesy of a Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Fellowship.