Professor of Religion, Sarah Lawrence College. BA, Brandeis University. MA, McGill University. PhD, Brandeis University. Scholar of East European Jewry with a focus on the social history of Hasidism and the Haskalah. Author of the book Men of Silk: The Hasidic Conquest of Polish Jewish Society (Koret Publication Award; finalist for the National Jewish Book Award); and Yankel's Tavern: Jews, Liquor and Life in the Kingdom of Poland. Interests include Polish-Jewish relations, Jewish economic history, and popular religion. Recipient of the Fulbright Award. Member (2009) of Katz Center, University of Pennsylvania; and (2010-11) Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University. Currently: Senior NEH Fellow at the Center for Jewish History.
Poland's Jewish Problem: Vodka?
London Times Review of Yankel's Tavern (7/30/2014)
Jews and Booze in the Kingdom of Poland (12/6/2013)