Asya Vaisman Schulman is the director of the Yiddish Language Institute at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. She teaches Yiddish at the University of Massachusetts and in the Yiddish Book Center’s Steiner Summer Yiddish Program. Asya received her PhD in Yiddish Language and Culture from Harvard University, where she wrote her dissertation on the Yiddish songs and singing practices of contemporary Hasidic women. She is currently writing a Yiddish textbook for beginning students at the university level. Asya is also a Yiddish dance teacher, singer, and songwriter and has participated in and taught at Klezmer festivals around the world.