Special Authors: Philip Roth
New England Literature and Culture (senior seminar)
Jewish American Literature and Culture
Folklore in America
Ethnic American Literature
African American Literature (19th and 20th centuries)
American Novel After WWII
American Novel to 1950
Storytelling and the Oral Tradition
Mark Twain & American Humor
American Literature I
World Literature I
Writing I & II
Jewish American Literature and Culture (undergraduate and graduate levels)
Folklore in America (undergraduate and graduate levels)
American Art and Literature, 1800-1860 (graduate)
Culture & Literature of (graduate)
American Modernism (graduate)
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst (English and American Studies)
M.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst (English and American Studies)
B.A. Reed College (American Studies)
Jewish American literature and culture
Folklore and oral history
New England literature and culture
I am currently co-editing a book on early Jewish American history with Laura Leibman, scheduled for release by Pickering and Chatto in 2014. My book on Jews and Puritans in colonial New England was published by UMASS Press in November 2011. During 2008-2009, I conducted research for this book while on a long-term NEH Fellowship at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston. I was a Fulbright Senior Professor of American Studies at Utrecht University, in the Netherlands, during the first half of 2010.
Jews in the Americas, 1621-1826. Co-edited with Laura Leibman. Pickering and Chatto (UK), 2014.
New Israel/New England: Jews and Puritans in Early America. University of Massachusetts Press, 2011.
How Strange it Seems: Cultural Life of Jews in Small-Town New England. University of Massachusetts Press, 2008.
Yankee Moderns: Folk Regional Identity in the Sawmill Valley of Western Massachusetts, 1890-1920, University of Tennessee Press, 2000.
Publications—ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
“‘Under Their Captivity and Dispersion’: the story of Boston’s first Jewish business venture.” Early American Studies, 9.3 (Fall 2012).
“Be Worthy of Your Heritage: Jews and Tradition at Two New England Boarding Schools.” In Revisioning Ritual: Jewish Traditions in Transition, ed. by Simon Bronner. Littman Library of Jewish Civilization (2011).
“Connecticut Folklore,” “The Leatherman,” “Moodus Thunder,” “Windham Frog Fright,” and “The Ghost Ship of New Haven” in Encyclopedia of Connecticut History Online (a joint project of the Connecticut Humanities Council, Wesleyan University and the University of Connecticut). Forthcoming in 2011.
“New England Folklore.” Chapter included in the New England volume of the American Regional Cultures series. Greenwood Press (2004).
“The Names of the Flowers: Ruby Hemenway’s Redemption of History.” Frontiers: A
Journal of Women’s Studies, 25.1 (Winter/Spring 2004).
“The Jews,”“The Berkshires,” and “The Mohawk Trail” essays in The Encyclopedia of New England Culture (eds. Burt Feintuch and David Watters). Yale University Press, 2005.
“Local Color: How Community Heritage Enhances Education.” Connection: New England's Journal of Higher Education and Economic Development, XVI.1 (Summer 2001).
“High Crimes and Falling Factories: Nostalgic Utopianism in an Eclipsed New England Town,” Oral History Review, 28.1 (Winter/Spring 2001).
“From Yankeedom to Hippiedom: A Public Folklorist Explores Four Generations of the Moores Corner Store,” Journal of Applied Folklore Volume 5.
“Demythologizing Myth Criticism: Folklife and Modernity in Eudora Welty’s ‘Death of a Travelling Salesman,” The Southern Quarterly, 30.1 (Fall, 1991): 24-34.
Book reviews published in American Historical Review, Journal of American Folklore, Clio, and Journal of the Illinois Historical Society.
Senior Consulting Editor for folklife section of Encyclopedia of New England Culture
American Studies Association
Association for Jewish Studies