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I am a scholar of American religion and modern Judaism broadly interested in how  Americans in challenging situations have made sense of their lives and identities religiously. 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 co-director of the 2019 NEH Summer Institute for College and University Professors, “Privilege and Prejudice: Jewish History in the American South.”

Starting in Fall 2019 I will be assistant professor of Jewish studies and religion at Oberlin College. Previously, I spent four years at the College of Charleston, where I served as an assistant professor and as director of the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture.

I grew up in Shorewood, Wisconsin, and Marietta, Georgia, and received 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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