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A 30-something white woman with short, slightly wavy brown hair looks confidently at the camera. Welcome! I’m a practical ethicist who  examines questions of sexual, biomedical, disability, and environmental ethics    through a Jewish lens.

My book, When We Collide: Sex, Social Risk, and Jewish Ethics (Indiana University Press, March 2023) examines the moral and textual implications of treating sex as one species of social interaction among many, and uses sex as a way to think of risk as a moral category. 

 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  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 an Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Gender and Sexuality 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), sculpting in wire, horseback riding, cooking overly complicated meals, and sharpening my ever-growing collection of kitchen knives. I live with my wife, Sarah, my cats, Faintly Macabre and Chroma the Great, and an ever-growing collection of wire dinosaurs and other beasties.