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
My book on Jewish American literature and the sense of place, A Hundred Acres of America: The Geography of Jewish American Literary History was published by Rutgers University Press in December 2018 and was designated a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2019. My other books include New Israel/New England: Jews and Puritans in Early America (UMASS Press, 2011). https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001JS4QF2
My articles on Jewish American literature and history have been published in Tablet Magazine, among other venues:
“‘How important, how dignified, do we appear . . . exploring the works of an almighty Providence’”: Gershom Seixas, early American Jews, and the language of the Enlightenment.” Essay included in The Place of Religion in the Enlightenment, eds. Daniel Fulda, Laura Stevens, Sabine Volke-Burke). Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2021).
“‘They have with faithfulnesse and care transmitted the Oracles of God unto us Gentiles’: Jewish kabbalah and text study in the Puritan imagination.” Essay included in Kabbalah in America: Ancient Lore in the New World, ed. Brian Ogren. Brill (2020).
“To prove the correctness and authenticity of my statements”: Solomon Nunes Carvalho’s revision of the Western travel narrative.” American Jewish History, 102.2 (April 2018).
“Parking the ark in Niagara Falls: Mordecai Manuel Noah and the imposition of meaning in Jewish American literary history.” Studies in American Jewish Literature, 37.1 (Spring 2018).
“Home of the Jewish Nation: London Jews in the eighteenth-century Anglo American imagination.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 50.3 (April 2017).