Publications & Presentations


“‘Let us Endeavor to Count Them Up’: The Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Jewish Demography,” American Jewish History (forthcoming, Volume 101, Number 4, October 2017), 419-440.

“Mohalim, not Missionaries: Outsider and Insider Bodies in Southern Religious History,” Journal of Southern Religion (18) (2016):

“Working Jews: Hazanim and the Labor of Religion in Nineteenth-Century America,” Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation, Volume 25, Number 2 (Summer 2015), 178-217.

“‘A Nest to the Wandering Bird’: Iowa and the Creation of American Judaism, 1855-1877,” Annals of Iowa, Volume 73, Number 2, (Spring 2014), 91-117.

“’The Advent of a Western Jewess:’ Rachel Frank and Jewish Female Celebrity in 1890s America,” Nashim: The Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies and Gender Issues Number 22 (Fall 2011), 111-135.


African American Religions, 1500-2000: Colonialism, Democracy, and Freedom, by Sylvester Johnson, H-AmRel, H-Net Reviews, July 7, 2017.

Varieties of Southern Religious History: Essays in Honor of Donald G. Mathews, edited by Regina D. Sullivan and Monte Harrell Hampton, H-AmRel, H-Net Reviews, April 25, 2016.

Jewish Atlantic World website, Southern Jewish History, Volume 18 (Fall 2015), 197-201.

Politics, Faith, and the Making of American Judaism by Peter Adams, American Jewish History, Volume 99, Number 3 (July 2015), 267-8.

“Peddler on the Hoof,” review of Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migrations to the New World and the Peddlers Who Forged the Way, by Hasia Diner, Marginalia Review of Books, March 31, 2015.

We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, A Documentary History by Gary Phillip Zola, Annals of Iowa, Volume 73, Number 4 (Winter 2014), 61-62.

Messianism, Secrecy, and Mysticism: A New Interpretation of Early American Jewish Life by Laura Arnold Leibman, Journal of Jewish Identities, Issue 7, Number 2 (July 2014), 91-2.


“Southern Jews: Privilege and Vulnerability,” Narratives of the South Blog, College of Charleston Southern Studies Program, October 9, 2017.

Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and a Nineteenth-Century Rabbi on ‘New York Values,’” Gotham: A Blog for Scholars of New York City History, January 19, 2016.

You are Where You Live: Jews, Religion, and the New York Boardinghouse,” Gotham: A Blog for Scholars of New York City History, December 22, 2015.

“Country Music for Graduate Students,” Meantime, Yale Graduate and Professional Student Senate, April 8, 2013.

Researching Judaism in the West,Religion in the American West Blog,, February 18, 2013

“Passover in 19th Century America,” Slifka Center for Jewish Life, Yale University, April 1, 2012.



“Religion,” Panel on Rethinking American Jewish History, Association for Jewish Studies Conference, December 18, 2017. 

“American Jewish History and the Question of Disciplinarity,” Panel on American Jewish History: State of the Field, World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, Israel, August 8, 2017.

“Kosher Boarding House, No. 55 Broad Street”: Rethinking Space and Place in American Judaism,” Looking Outward: Reframing Jewish Studies Conference, Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, Emory University, March 27-29, 2017.


“Women Rabbis in Gilded Ages: From Rachel Frank to Rabbi Raquel,” Transparent: A Multidisciplinary Conference, Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Rochester, December 1-2, 2016.

“Transporting Judaism: Train Cars as Religious Spaces in Nineteenth-Century America,” Panel on “Jewish Bodies in Public Spaces: Race, Gender, Religion,” Study of Judaism Section, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, November 21, 2016.

“Judge, Jury, Jews: Southern Synagogues in Postbellum Courts,” Southern Jewish Historical Society Conference, Natchez, Mississippi, November 5, 2016.

“Why American Judaism is not a Consistoire: Legacies of European Communal Bodies in the Nineteenth Century,” Panel on Placing the ‘American’ in American Judaism,” American Jewish Historical Society Biennial Scholars’ Conference, New York, NY, June 19-21, 201


“Jews in Church: Rethinking Space and Identity in Nineteenth-Century America.” Panel on “Jewish Boundaries and Border-Crossings in Protestant America,” Association for Jewish Studies Conference, Boston, MA, December 13-15, 2015.

“Material Judaism in Mobile America, 1820-1877,” for “Things and People on the Move,” Neubauer Collegium, University of Chicago, May 13-15, 2015.

(Dis)establishments and the Paradoxes of American Judaism.” Panel on “The Discourses of Secularism and Pluralism,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, New York, New York, January 2-5, 2015.


“Sleeping and Eating Jewish: The Kosher Boardinghouse in 19th Century America,” Panel on “‘Jewish Food’ in the American Marketplace: Contested Forms,” North American Religion Sections, Study of Judaism Section, Religion and Food Group, and Space, Place, and Religion Group, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, November 22-25, 2014.

“People of the Press: The Occident, the Israelite, and the Origins of American Judaism,” Religious Press and Print Culture Conference, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, November 19-22, 2014.

“Political Movement: Jews, Citizenship, and Difference in 1850s Europe and America,” Panel on “Mobility and the Making of Early American Religious Identity,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, July 19, 2014.

“‘Strangers Among Brothers’: The Problem of Membership in American Judaism,” Panel on “Revisiting Jewish Religion in 19th Century America,” American Jewish Historical Society Scholars’ Conference, Atlanta, GA, June 11, 2014.

“‘I Prefer Choice Myself’: Everyday Life and Jewish Sexuality in the Nineteenth Century,” Religion and Sexual Revolutions Graduate Student Conference, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, May 9, 2014.


“‘Let us endeavor to count them up:’ Statistics and American Judaism in the Nineteenth Century,” Association for Jewish Studies Conference, Boston, MA, December 17, 2013.

Organizer, “What Can the Study of American Judaism bring to the Religious Studies?: A Roundtable on Theory and Methods,” Study of Judaism Section, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, November 25, 2013.

“Searching for Another Fatherland: Mobility and America in Modern Jewish History,” Sixteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, Israel,August 1, 2013.

“A Rabbi on the Railroads: Mobility and Religion in 19th Century America,” Religion on the Move: Movement, Migration, Missions and New Media across Religious Traditions, Columbia University, Department of Religion Annual Graduate Student Conference, April 26, 2013.