Shana Penn is Executive Director of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture in San Francisco and creator of the foundation's Jewish Heritage Initiative in Poland.
also is a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union's
Center for Jewish Studies, in Berkeley
, and an Open Society
book, Solidarity's Secret: The Women Who Defeated Communism in Poland (University of Michigan Press, May 2005), was awarded Best Book in Slavic, East European and Eurasian Women's Studies by the American Association of Women
in Slavic Studies.
It is the first book to reconstruct women's leadership role in rescuing the Solidarity movement during the 1980s martial law era and in building a free press in Poland.
The Polish version, Podziemie Kobiet (The Women's Underground), was published in 2003.
is currently at work on a new book exploring the revitalization of Jewish culture in Poland.
essays and articles have appeared in Beacon Book of Essays by Contemporary American Women
, Journal of Women's History
, Johns Hopkins SAIS Review
, The Forward, Tikkun, and Lilith.