Anita Norich is a scholar of Yiddish literature who has taught American Jewish and Yiddish literature and literature of the Holocaust at the University of Michigan since 1983. Born in 1952 in a displaced persons camp near Munich, Germany, she immigrated to the United States in 1957 with her parents and brother. She attended New York City public schools and graduated from Barnard College in 1973. She earned her Ph.D. in Victorian literature from Columbia University in 1979 and studied Yiddish literature at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Norich, who has published numerous articles exploring contemporary Jewish and Yiddish culture, is the author of The Homeless Imagination in the Fiction of Israel Joshua Singer and co-editor of Gender and Text in Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literature. She was on the editorial advisory board of Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (1997).