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Elise K. Burton is a PhD candidate in History and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. Her primary research interests involve the intersections of ethnicity and nationalism with the biological sciences in the modern Middle East. Her dissertation undertakes a comparative history of human genetics research in Israel, Turkey, and Iran. She has previously published papers on the subject of evolution in Middle Eastern national science curricula. Other research interests include gender issues in academic science, as well as Israeli social and cultural history, especially representations of Mizrahi Jews in cinema and music.

Stuart Charmé is Professor of Religion at Rutgers University, Camden. He is a specialist in the work of existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre, the focus of two books (Meaning and Myth in the Study of Lives: A Sartrean Approach and Vulgarity and Authenticity: Dimensions of Otherness in the World of Sartre) and many articles he has written. His most recent research deals with the philosophical, anthropological, and historical significance of the concept of authenticity in contemporary Jewish life and identity. He has published articles and directed a documentary film (KOTEL: Jewish Teens on Gender and Tradition) about the role of gender in the religious ideas of children and adolescents.

Harriet Hartman is Professor of Sociology at Rowan University. She is the incoming editor for the journal Contemporary Jewry, editor of the Springer book series, The Study of Jews in Societies, and immediate past-president of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry. She has published extensively on the Jewish family, marital status, and gender issues. Her most recent book, with Moshe Hartman, is Gender and American Jews: Patterns in Work, Education, and Family in Contemporary Life (UPNE Press, 2009). Her recent work with Ira Sheskin using the Decade 2000 data file has appeared in Review of Religious Research, Journal for the Scientific Study of Jewry, and Contemporary Jewry. Other articles have appeared in The American Jewish Year Book 2014, Sociology of Religion, Journal of Contemporary Religion and Journal of Marriage and the Family. Her learning module on Jewish identity, using data files available from the North American Jewish Data Bank, is posted on

Helen K. Kim is Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology at Whitman College. Her current research focuses on intermarriage and family dynamics among Jewish Americans and Asian Americans. [End Page vi]

Jessica Kirzane is a doctoral candidate in Yiddish Studies in the Department of Germanic Languages at Columbia University. Jessica’s current research interest is the representation of intermarriage in Jewish American fiction in Yiddish and English in the early twentieth century. Her academic writing has previously appeared in Zutot and in The Sacred Encounter: Jewish Perspectives on Sexuality (CCAR Press, 2014), and her literary translations have appeared in Pakn Treger and on

Noah S. Leavitt is Associate Dean for Student Engagement at Whitman College, where he is also a Research Associate in the Department of Sociology.

Phoebe Maltz Bovy is a journalist and independent scholar. In 2013, she received a PhD in French and French Studies from New York University. Her principal academic interest is modern French-Jewish history and literature. She also writes about Jewish identity, among other topics, for non-academic publications such as the Dish and the Jewish Daily Forward.

Janice McDavit earned her BA in psychology from the University of California, Davis, MA in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University, and PsyD (Doctor of Psychology) in clinical psychology from Alliant International University, Sacramento. She currently works at Fall Creek Counseling Associates in the greater Sacramento area, doing psychotherapy and psychological assessments.

Keren R. McGinity is the author of Marrying Out: Jewish Men, Intermarriage, and Fatherhood (Indiana University Press, 2014) and Still Jewish: A History of Women and Intermarriage in America (New York University Press, 2009), a National Jewish Book Award finalist. She was the Mandell L. Berman Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Contemporary American Jewish Life at the University of Michigan’s Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and is currently affiliated with the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University. Readers are welcome to contact Dr. McGinity via her website,

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