Jane Mushabac

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Jane Mushabac, Professor

Jane Mushabac was awarded a 2012 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest Honorable Mention for The Hundred Year Old Man, her novella about a Turkish Jew, and was the 2011 Scholar on Campus at City Tech. Her short stories and essays have appeared in periodicals and anthologies, and she has done readings in Boston, Los Angeles, and New York.  Her writing spans subjects from the Anglo-Saxon Judith to Herman Melville to a boy selling matches in a smoky café in Ottoman Turkey. The award-winning book she co-authored, A Short and Remarkable History of New York City (Fordham University Press and the Museum of the City of New York), is in its fifth printing; and she was interviewed as a NYC historian, along with Kenneth Jackson and others, in a documentary that premiered on NBC television. She has had fellowships from the Andrew Mellon Foundation and Harvard University; awards for her fiction include those from Story Magazine and Cornell University, three City Tech Literary Arts Festival faculty prizes, and three PSC-CUNY Research Foundation Creative Writing grants. Prof. Mushabac wrote her short story, “Pasha,” in Judeo-Spanish, and it has been published both in her English translation and in the original Ladino, and has recently been transcribed in Solitreo.  Her monologue, “Joya Gormezano,” is performed by Tovah Feldshuh in a one-woman show that has toured widely here and abroad, most recently at the 2013 Baruch Performing Arts Center  “Solo in the City” series.  She was commissioned to write “Civil War Stories,” an NEH-funded podcast on Walt Whitman’s Specimen Days and the New-York Historical Society’s Civil War holdings, part of the “Making Objects Speak” project, about which she was the keynote speaker at an NEH conference in California.  Prof. Mushabac's writing has been translated into Russian, German, Bulgarian, and Turkish and she has a 2014 CUNY Diversity Project grant. She teaches creative writing, composition, and literature at City Tech, and thanks her students from all over the world for being such a source of pleasure and stimulation. She is the founder and editor in chief of City Tech Writer, a journal which showcases distinguished undergraduate writing from all disciplines at the College; Volume 9 (2014) is forthcoming.

Courses Taught:

ENG 1101, ENG 1121, ENG 1141, ENG 3402, ENG 79000


PhD English, City University of New York

MA English, Harvard University

BA English, Cornell University, magna cum laude and with distinction in all subjects.

Academic Interests:

Fiction, Sephardic Studies, New York City, Herman Melville


A Short and Remarkable History of New York City (Fordham University Press and the Museum of the City of New York/ Oxford University Press), Jane Mushabac and Angela Wigan, a “Best of the Best” of the American Association of University Presses, 2000, 5th printing 2008.

Mazal Bueno: A Portrait in Song of the Spanish Jews, CD of radio play commissioned for National Public Radio, broadcast Columbus Day 1992 featuring Tovah Feldshuh (Western Wind Records, 1992).

Melville’s Humor: A Critical Study (Archon, 1981).

“The Kitchen in New Jersey, 1958,” Shalach Manot [Jane Mushabac], short story. Midstream LVIII.3 (Summer 2012): 41-44.

“Canakkale, 1911,” Shalach Manot [Jane Mushabac], short story. Conversations 11 (Fall 2011): 138-141.

“Pasha: Pensamientos de David Aroughetti,” Shalach Manot [Jane Mushabac], short story as she originally wrote it in Judeo-Spanish (Ladino). Sephardic Horizons, online journal1.4 (http://www.sephardichorizons.org/Volume1/Issue4/Pasha.html) Fall, 2011.

“New Jersey,” short story. Chautauqua Spec. issue, Words and Music, 7 (2010): 184-187.

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