Primary Topics: Race and masculinities, media representation, Jewish identity
Expertise: Feminist masculinity studies, feminist film and media studies, critical race studies, Jewish studies, queer theory, queer of color critique, women of color feminism, Jewish feminism
Additional Interests: Feminist pedagogy, sexual health education
Dissertation: Masculinity, Race & Jewish Stardom
From “Oriental menace” to “white nerd,” American stereotypes about Jewish race and masculinity have changed sharply over time. Yet cultural questions linger about where Jews “fit” racially, and these questions link with ongoing stereotypes that accuse Jews of deviant or deficient masculinity. My dissertation examines how present-day Jewish stars reshape these stereotypes and questions to craft appealing public images. By analyzing both Jewish men and women, and Jews of color alongside white-skinned Jews, I extend existing studies of Jewishness, race, and masculinity.
Next Project: Jews & News Satire
This project analyzes the intersection of Jewish gender and racial stereotypes with TV news satire, which has become a major news source for progressive Americans.
Past Project: Men’s Receptive Anal Eroticism
My past project investigated how the stigma on men’s receptive anal eroticism serves to naturalize misogyny and binary gender norms. From this project, I co-authored an article with Dr. Susan Ekberg Stiritz. Together, we then co-authored a second article with Dr. Eric Anderson.