Shay Pilnik is the director of the Emil A. and Jenny Fish Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center at Yeshiva University. Beforehand, he served as executive director of the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center in Milwaukee from 2014-2020. He earned his BA in Comparative Literature and Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; an MA in Jewish Studies from McGill University; and a PhD in Modern Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2013. His dissertation dealt with commemoration of the Babi Yar Massacre in Soviet Russian and Yiddish Literature. From 2008-2014, he taught courses at the Universities of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Oshkosh on the Holocaust, modern Jewish history and culture, Judaism, Hebrew Bible, and world religions.