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College of Charleston
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American Judaism, American Jewish history, American religious history, Jewish studies
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About Me

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 and a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

Recent Publications

Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America (NYU Press, 2017)

“‘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.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern
Expertise by Topic