Judaic Studies; Liberal Studies
I hold an M.A. and my PhD in History from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a second M.A. from UNC Charlotte’s Department of Religious Studies. I joined the department in 2006. I teach a range of courses on the texts of Hebrew Bible, Jewish history, the history of European antisemitism, and, beginning this year, Jewish magic. My current research projects include completing a series of articles for a ten-volume series on Jewish spirituality and practice. Other research projects include comparing students’ online with onsite experiences (in the same class, of course!) and exploring aspects of medieval material Jewish culture.
My pronouns are she, her, and hers. My office is a Safe Zone.
I head out into the community for presentations and talks on a regular basis. Topics range from Jewish practice and history to biblical texts (texts of terror, women in the Hebrew Bible, and the like).
I love to teach. That’s the most important thing. Head for the tab “Syllabi” above to see some of mine.
- LBST 2101 Western Culture and Historical Awareness
- RELS 2104 Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament
- RELS 2110 Judaism
- RELS 3111 Women in Judaism
- RELS 3000 Ketuvim: The “Female Books” of the Hebrew Bible
- RELS 3000 Women in the Hebrew Bible
- RELS 3000 God and Sex in Hebrew Bible
- RELS 3000 Why God Lies: The Difficult Deity of the Hebrew Bible
- RELS 3000 Where Abracadabra Comes From (Maybe): Magic in Judaism
- RELS 4000 Turn the Other Cheek: The History of European Antisemitism
- RELS 5000 Turn the Other Cheek: The History of European Antisemitism
They range. Biblical texts (and their historical contexts) fascinate me. But I am also interested in the way material culture interacts with the practice described and prescribed by a given elite. Sometimes these things seem to conflict where they don’t; sometimes there’s a gap between what priests or rabbis claim is or should be happening and what is going on on the ground. I have spent decades looking at the history of Jewish experience in Europe, focusing much of my attention on the way the Jew became a figure of mystery, threat, and outright danger for dominant cultures. Currently, I read a lot about Jewish magic (which is, actually, related to all the above).