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  • Associate Professor, World Languages and Cultures

Research Statement

Selected Publications:

New Children of Israel: Emerging Jewish Communities in an Era of Globalization. Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press, 2017.

https://www.amazon.com/New-Children-Israel-Communities-Globalization/dp/1607815842

“African Judaizing Movements and the Question of Polygamy: Perspectives from Cameroon.” Journal of the Middle East and Africa 8.1 (2017): 75–96.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21520844.2017.1289496?journalCode=ujme20

“Popular Perceptions of Israelite Genealogy in Madagascar: Dissociating Bio-racial Signifiers from Mainstream Jewish Religious Practice.” In Africana Jewish Journeys: Studies in African Judaism. Eds. Marla Brettschneider, Edith Bruder, and Magdel le Roux. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019. 78–90.

https://www.cambridgescholars.com/africana-jewish-journeys

“Propagating Modern Jewish Identity in Madagascar: A Contextual Analysis of One Community’s Discursive Strategies.” In Connected Jews: Expressions of Community in Analogue and Digital CultureEds. Caspar Battegay and Simon J. Bronner. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press/Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2018. 149–179.

https://www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/books/isbn/9781906764869/

“The ‘Internet Jews’ of Cameroon: Inside the Digital Matrix of Globalized Judaism.” In The Shadow of Moses: New Jewish Movements in Africa and the Diaspora. Eds. Daniel Lis, William F. S. Miles, and Tudor Parfitt. Los Angeles: African Academic Press/Marymount Institute Press/Tsehai Publishers, 2016. 113–130.

http://www.store.tsehaipublishers.com/product_info.php/religion-spirituality/in-the-shadow-of-moses-p-168

“Origins and Motivations of Madagascar’s Normative Jewish Movement.” In Becoming Jewish: New Jews and Emerging Jewish Communities in a Globalized World. Eds. Netanel Fisher and Tudor Parfitt. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016. 49–63.

http://www.cambridgescholars.com/becoming-jewish

“History and Responsibility: An Assessment of Potok’s ‘Non-Jewish’ I Am the Clay.” In Chaim Potok: Confronting Modernity through the Lens of Tradition. Ed. Daniel Walden. University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013. 97–115.

http://www.psupress.org/books/titles/978-0-271-05981-5.html

 “The Role of the Internet in the Promulgation of Judaism and Jewish Identity in Central Africa.” Journal of the Middle East and Africa (Special Issue: “Focus on Jewish Africa") 10.1 (2019): 75-94.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21520844.2019.1565198

 

Research Keywords

  • Ethnography
  • Comparative Religion
  • Africa

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Africa