Hanna Kliger Peltz, Ph.D

United States

Hannah Kliger is Senior Adviser to the Chancellor and Professor of Communications and Jewish Studies at Pennsylvania State University, The Abington College, where she has also been Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. A graduate of Barnard College (B.A., Sociology) and the University of Pennsylvania ( M.A., Ph.D., Communication), Kliger has also served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Senior Research Investigator at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and as Associate Dean for Education at MCP Hahnemann University (now Drexel) School of Public Health. From 1985 until 1997, she was a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Kliger’s publications focus on the communicative practices and communal organizations of minority groups. In addition to her book on the ethnic voluntary associations of Jewish immigrants (Indiana University Press, 1992), she has authored numerous articles on communication and culture in immigrant communities. The National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies recognized Kliger for her scholarly and curricular initiatives. Her current research is based with the Transcending Trauma Project, a multidisciplinary research team exploring coping and adaptation after trauma. She is also an Academic Fellow of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, applying psychoanalytic ideas to understanding organizational dynamics and leadership.