CV

Updated August 2019

Education

University of Virginia: Ph.D in the Study of Judaism (2017)

Dissertation: Safe, Sane, and Attentive: A Jewish Ethics of Sex and Public Health, https://doi.org/10.18130/V3K92F

University of Virginia: M.A. in Religious Studies (2012)

Master’s Thesis: Phenomenal Sex: Uses of the Empirical in Contemporary Halakhic Discourse on Homosexuality.

Oberlin College: B.A. with High Honors in Religion (2008)

Academic Appointments 

  • Mellon Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2019-2022
  • Friedman Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 2017-2019
  • Visiting Instructor of Religion and Jewish Studies, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, 2016-2017

Publication

Peer Reviewed Articles

Book Chapters

Other

Teaching Experience 

Mellon Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies (Vanderbilt University)

  • JS 1010, “Judaism: An Introduction” (Fall 2019)
  • WGS 1160-02, “Sex and Society” (Fall 2019)

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Washington University in St. Louis)

  • JINELC 390, “God, The Whirlwind, and Us: Environmental Ethics in the Abrahamic Traditions” (Spring 2019)
  • JINELC 387, “Jews, Bodies, and Bioethics” (Spring 2018)
  • JINELC 385, “Jewish Sexual Ethics” (Fall 2017, Fall 2018)

Instructor (Oberlin College)

  • RELG/JWST 256, “Jews and the Body” (Spring 2017)
  • RELG/JWST 258, “‘Two Jews, Three Opinions:’ Argumentation in Judaism” (Spring 2017)
  • RELG/JWST 357, “Jewish Sexual Ethics” (Spring 2017)
  • RELG 153, “Purity and Pollution in the Abrahamic Traditions” (Fall 2016)
  • RELG 250/JWST 150, “Introduction to Judaism” (Fall 2016)

Teaching Assistant (University of Virginia)

  • RELG 2300, “Religious Ethics and Moral Problems”, Professor Charles Matthewes (Spring 2015)
  • RELG 2650, “Theology, Ethics, and Healthcare”, Professor James Childress (Fall 2014)
  • RELG 2210, “Religion, Ethics, and the Environment”, Professor Willis Jenkins (Spring 2014) and Professor James Childress (Spring 2013)
  • RELG 2475, “God”, Professor Peter Ochs (Fall 2012)

Conference Presentations

  • “Toward a Framework for Responsible Uses of Genetic Testing.” Invited presentation at “Judaism and Disability: The New Genetics, Disability Studies, and Practical Interventions, Scottsdale, AZ, February 2019.
  • “Torah Edgeplay: Risk, Power, and Polymorphous Community.” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, November 2018.
  • Panelist: “Where Wisdom Can Be Found: Scripture and Wisdom in the Abrahamic Traditions.” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, November 2018.
  • “Hold Open the Gates of Weeping: Text, Power, and Empathy in Sexual Health.” In seminar, “Jewish Women’s Healing and Medicine: Ancient to Contemporary Traditions,” Association for Jewish Studies, December 2017.
  • “The Ethics of Reading When Reading Ethics: Teaching Ethics Using Rabbinic Sources”. In seminar, “Thinking With Rabbinic Texts: The Next Stage”, Association for Jewish Studies, December 2016.
  • “No One Wants an Agent With a Social Disease: Mishnaic Purity Discourse as a Model for Moral Agency in Sexual Health”. American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, November 2016
  • “Let’s Talk About Sex: Navigating Power and Expertise in Ritual and Sexual Health”. Society of Jewish Ethics Annual Meeting, January 2016.
  • “Be All My Sins Remember’d: Subject, Relation, and Moral Repair in the Yom Kippur Liturgy” Virginia Graduate Colloquium, March 2015.
  • “Risky Business: Reexamining Risk and Benefit in Jewish Sexual Ethics”. Society of Jewish Ethics Annual Meeting, January 2014.
  • Panel Discussion: “Reason, Scripture, and the Senses” with Nauman Faizi. Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. (March 2013)
  • “Community, Authority, and Autonomy: Jewish Resources for the Vaccine Wars.” Society of Jewish Ethics Annual Meeting, January 2013.
  • Panel Discussion: “Abrahamic Reasoning and Environmental Ethics” with Ashleigh Elser and Nauman Faizi. Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. (March 2012)
  • “Image as Midrash: Text, Experience, and Interpretation in The Comic Torah.” Graphic Details Symposium: Talking About Jewish Women and Comics (February, 2012)

Grants, Fellowships and Awards 

  • Morgenstern Fellowship in Jewish Studies, University of Virginia (2012-2016)
  • Wabash Center Grant, “Difficult Conversations: A Pedagogy Initiative for Graduate Students in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia.” Graduate collaborator, with Professors Martien Halvorson-Taylor and Willis Jenkins (2015-2016)
  • Rachel Winer Manin Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Jewish Studies, University of Virginia (2011-2015)
  • Grover Zinn Prize in Religion, Oberlin College (2008)

Guest Faculty Invitations

  • Guest Faculty, Fellowship in Educating for Applied Jewish Wisdom, The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 2017-2019.

Research Languages

  • Read: Biblical Hebrew, Rabbinic Hebrew, Modern Hebrew, German

Academic and Professional Service

  • Program Co-Chair, Society of Jewish Ethics (2018-2020)
  • Member, Climate Task Force, Society of Jewish Ethics (2017-present)
  • Book reviewer for Journal of Jewish Ethics (2017-18)
  • Manuscript reviewer for Journal of Jewish Ethics (2017)

Administrative Experience

  • Member of Organizing Committee, Graduate Colloquium in Scripture, Interpretation, and Practice, University of Virginia (2014 and 2015)
  • Executive Manager (2010-2012) and Associate Editor (2012-2013), Journal of Textual Reasoning
  • Jewish Studies Program Publicity Specialist, University of Virginia (2010-2012)
  • Student member, search committee for Director of the office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Oberlin College (2008)

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion

Society of Jewish Ethics

Association for Jewish Studies