About Me


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I am a historian of American religion and modern Judaism, specializing in the nineteenth century. Broadly, I am interested in how religion is lived outside of synagogues and in how politics and economics shape religious institutions. My first book is Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-century America (New York University Press, 2017), which was the winner of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies.

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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