I am the Irene Kaplan Leiwant Associate Professor and Chair of Jewish Studies at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA.

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I received my B.A. from Hampshire College and a Diploma in Jewish Studies from the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Judaic Studies. I am a Wexner Graduate Fellow and completed my doctorate in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University with a specialization in modern Jewish Thought.

I held the Hazel D. Cole Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Washington and the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Post-doctoral Fellow in Judaic Studies at Yale University. Before joining Mount Holyoke College, I spent nine years on the faculty of the Religion Department at St. Olaf College, in Northfield, MN.

I was raised in Seattle, WA.


2018                The Obligated Self named as finalist for the National Jewish Book Award

2017                Cashmere Subvention Grant in Jewish Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

2014-15           National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

2014                Hadassah Brandeis Institute Research Award (Senior level)

2013                National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend

2011                Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research Award (Junior level)

2010                Hadassah-Brandeis Institute: Rosalie Katchen Travel Grant

Image of Mount Holyoke College by Ryan Donnell. Used with permission.

Image of Mount Holyoke College by Ryan Donnell. Used with permission.