Welcome! I’m a practical ethicist who examines questions of sexual, biomedical, and environmental ethics through a Jewish lens. My dissertation used mishnaic ritual purity discourse as a model for a Jewish ethics of sex and public health. My current project, which expands upon many of the core themes in my dissertation, examines the moral and textual implications of treating sex as one species of social interaction among many. I’ve also written about the ethics of genetically engineered crops, the tensions between autonomy and community in Jewish and feminist thought, the duty to vaccinate, and the ways practical ethicists deploy classical rabbinic texts.
I teach courses among many of these same lines. I have taught or am in the process of developing courses on Jewish sexual ethics, Jewish bodies and bioethics, purity in the Abrahamic traditions, argumentation in Jewish traditions, and comparative religious environmental ethics, as well as introductions to Judaism and to religious studies. I make a concerted effort to diversify my syllabi in all these areas, with substantial representation from scholars who are women, LGBTQIA+, people of color, disabled, or otherwise marginalized.
I am currently the Mellon Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Vanderbilt University. Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow in Jewish Studies at Washington University in St. Louis and a visiting instructor in Religion and Jewish Studies at Oberlin College. I received my Ph.D from the University of Virginia in 2017.
In my copious free time, I enjoy drawing and painting (the header image is my own work), horseback riding, cooking overly complicated meals, and sharpening my ever-growing collection of kitchen knives. I live with my wife, Sarah, and my cats, Faintly Macabre and Chroma the Great.