Adele Hast is Scholar in Residence at The Newberry Library in Chicago. In 2003 the Jewish Women’s Archive awarded her a “Jewish Women Making Community” research fellowship. She is editor (with Rima Schultz) of Women Building Chicago 1790–1990: A Biographical Dictionary. She is also author of Chicago Jewish History Index 1977–2002 and Loyalism in Revolutionary Virginia: The Norfolk Area and the Eastern Shore. Hast received a B.A. from Brooklyn College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of Iowa. She co-curated exhibitions on Chicago Jewish history: The Chicago Jewish Historical Society 1977–2002: Preserving Jewish History and Our Second Home: A History of Landsmanshaften in Chicago. She has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.