AboutMy research focuses on the literature, culture, law, and social history of the rabbinic movement. In particular, I am interested in how rabbinic food regulations enact and maintain distinct identities.
I am currently writing a book entitled Rabbinic Drinking: What Beverages Teach About Rabbinic Literature.
EducationPh.D., Brown University, Religious Studies, 2008
M.A., Brown University, Religious Studies, 2005
M.A., Emory University, Jewish Studies, 2003
B.A., Columbia University, Religion, 2001
B.A., Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Ancient Judaism, 2001
Work Shared in CORE
The Jewish Dietary Laws in the Ancient World
, Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Food and Identity in Early Rabbinic Judaism
, Cambridge University Press, 2010; paperback edition: 2014.
Religious Competition in the Third Century C.E.: Jews, Christians, and the Greco-Roman World
, co-edited with Lily C. Vuong an Nathaniel P. DesRosiers, Journal of Ancient Judaism Supplements, Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2014.
“‘Blessings of the Breasts’: Breastfeeding in Rabbinic Literature,”
Hebrew Union College Annual 87 (2016): 145-177.
Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food
, by Roger Horowitz
(Columbia University Press), H-Judaic, H-Net Reviews, November, 2016.
Stories of the Law: Narrative Discourse and the Construction of Authority in the Mishnah
, by Moshe
Simon-Shoshan (Oxford University Press), H-Judaic, H-Net Reviews, January, 2013.
Power, Ethics, and Ecology in Jewish Late Antiquity: Rabbinic Responses to Drought and Disaster
Julia Watts Belser (Cambridge University Press), AJS Review 40/1 (2016): 166-168.
The Iranian Talmud: Reading the Bavli in Its Sasanian Context
, by Shai Secunda (University of
Pennsylvania Press), The Journal of Religion, 95/1 (2015): 140-141.
Rabbinic Parodies of Jewish and Christian Literature
, by Holger M. Zellentin (Mohr Siebeck),
Journal for the Study of Judaism 43/3 (2012): 444.
Jewish Identities in Antiquity: Studies in Memory of Menahem Stern
, edited by Lee I. Levine and
Daniel R. Schwartz (Mohr Siebeck), Catholic Biblical Quarterly 73 (2011): 433-435.
MembershipsAmerican Academy of Religion
Association for Jewish Studies
Society of Biblical Literature