My PhD research looks at initiatives for social and religious change among religious congregations and nongovernmental organizations that belong to liberal circles of Religious-Zionist society. The research shows that at the center of these projects is an attempt to shift the locus of religious authority from formal institutions and rabbinical leaders to “the people.”
I am a political anthropologist who looks at ways that religious outlooks intersect with attitudes toward the state in contemporary movements for social change in Israel. I have a PhD in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My PhD research was funded by grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the American Academy for Jewish Research, and the University of Illinois. I published an article on my fieldwork among partnership minyans in Jerusalem at the Journal for Modern Jewish Studies.
Research Interests and Teaching
My postdoc study looks at Jewish marriages that are held outside the Chief Rabbinate. Postdoc advisor is Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari