I am an assistant professor of Jewish studies and director of the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture at the College of Charleston.

I am a historian of American religion and modern Judaism broadly interested in how  American Jews in challenging situations have made sense of their lives and identities both inside and outside of religious institutions. My first book, Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-century America (New York University Press, 2017), was the winner of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies and a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. I am also co-director of the 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 received a B.A. in religion (summa cum laude with distinction, minor in history) from Boston University. I received a PhD in religious studies from Yale University in 2015.

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