Education

  • Ph.D. University of Chicago
  • B.A. Brandeis University

Areas of Expertise

  • Jewish Diasporas
  • Refugees and Forced Migration
  • Land Regimes and Water Conflict
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Genocide and Human Rights

Background

I hold the first Jewish Studies appointment at Davidson College and a position in Anthropology. I have twenty years of experience conducting field research in Israel, Palestine, and most recently in Jordan, and have taught extensively on Israel-Palestine. My biographical links to Mexico, Costa Rica and Israel, as well as to the U.S., ground my scholarly interests in global Jewish communities and other diasporas in the Middle East and Latin America. I recently published Settling Hebron: Jewish Fundamentalism in a Palestinian City (University of Pennsylvania Press 2018), an ethnography exploring the ideological dimensions of Jewish settlement in a deeply divided West Bank city. Following from this work, I am currently researching ties between the religious right in the U.S. and Israeli settlers. My second major research project examines the social, cultural, and religious dimensions of water scarcity in the Jordan Rift Valley, and my course “Water and Citizenship” establishes the methodological framework for it. I also teach courses linking the Jewish experience to diaspora, exile, memory, refugees, statelessness, genocide and conflict. I enjoy teaching students from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines whose interests build on these key themes. I am also working with colleagues to further establish Jewish Studies at Davidson and to diversify the curriculum during this complex period.

Teaching

  • ANT 211: Antisemitism and Islamophobia
  • ANT 388: Refugees and Forced Migration
  • ANT 383: Water and Citizenship
  • ANT 213: Israel-Palestine: Sociocultural Approaches
  • CIS 140: Global Jews: An Introduction