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I am a scholar of modern Judaism and American religions. My work is especially interested in exploring how the religious lives of ordinary people are enacted in relationship to space and place. My first book, Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-century America (New York University Press, 2017), was the winner of the National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies and a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

I am currently an assistant professor of Jewish studies and religion at Oberlin College. From 2015 to 2019, where I was an assistant professor of Jewish studies and as director of the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture at the College of Charleston. I was co-director of the 2019 NEH Summer Institute for College and University Professors, “Privilege and Prejudice: Jewish History in the American South.”

I grew up in Shorewood, Wisconsin, and Marietta, Georgia, and earned a B.A. in religion (summa cum laude with distinction) from Boston University. I received a PhD in religious studies from Yale University in 2015.

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