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Emily P. Sigalow

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Positions

July 2016– Perilman Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Jewish Studies, Duke University

2015–2016 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, Brandeis University

Spring 2016 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Columbia University


2015 Ph.D., Brandeis University, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Sociology (joint degree) Qualifying Area Exam passed with distinction Dissertation: The JUBUs: The Encounter between Judaism and Buddhism in America Committee Members: Wendy Cadge, Sylvia Barack Fishman, Jonathan Sarna, David Cunningham, and Thomas Tweed (University of Notre Dame).

2009 M.A., Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, History of the Jewish People Thesis Title: ‫( נשים יהודיות הקוראות בעת המוקדמת החדשה‬Jewish Women Readers in Early Modern Times) Advisor: Robert Liberles 2002 B.A., Swarthmore College Sociology/Anthropology with a minor in Mathematics.

Graduated with Honors. Semester Abroad: Universite de Grenoble, 2000.

Book American JUBU: Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change in the United States (under contract with Princeton University Press).

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles Emily Sigalow. 2016. “Towards a Sociological Framework for Religious Syncretism in the United States.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion. Advance Access: doi:10.1093/jaarel/lfw033 1 Emily Sigalow Emily Sigalow and Nicole Fox. 2014. “Perpetuating Stereotypes: A Study of Gender, Family, and Religious Life in Jewish Children’s Books” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 53(2): 416- 431.

• Winner of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Student Award for significant work on Jewish Gender Studies Wendy Cadge and Emily Sigalow. 2013. "Strategies for Negotiating Religious Diversity: The Case of Overbrook Hospital." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 52(1):146-158.

Emily Sigalow, Michelle Shain, and Meredith R. Bergey. 2012. "Religion and Decisions about

Marriage, Residence, Occupation, and Children." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51(2):


Article discussed in David Briggs, “Take this job and love it: Faith plays role in • workplace statisfaction.” The Association of Religion Data Archives, July 3, 2012.

Reposted in Huffington Post, July 12, 2012. Also discussed in Matthew Brown, “Faith and work: Accommodating religion boosts morale and bottom line.” Deseret News, May 3, 2013 and in Herb Scribner, “Religion carries weight in decisions about marriage and kids.” Deseret News, October 2, 2013.

Book Chapters and Other Publications Emily Sigalow. Forthcoming—Lead Article. “Cooking, Candlelighting, and Childrearing: A Study of Jewish Mothers and Mothering in Award-Winning Jewish Children’s Literature.” Book chapter

in Mothers in Jewish Culture, eds. Marjorie Lehman, Jane Kanarek, and Simon Bronner (Oxford:

Littman Library of Jewish Civilization).

Emily Sigalow. 2014. “Half-Jews, Bu-Jews, and Queer Jews: Mapping Jewish Identities in America: Some Teaching Reflections.” Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 32(4): 76-88.

Sylvia Barack Fishman with Rachel Bernstein and Emily Sigalow. 2011. “Re-Imagining Jewishness: Contemporary American Young Jewish Leaders and Culture Shapers,” in The New Leaders: Reshaping American Jewish Life, edited by Jack Wertheimer. Waltham, MA: Brandeis University Press.

Manuscripts in Submission Emily Sigalow and Wendy Cadge. “Teaching Interreligious Encounters: Perspectives from a Case Study Initiative.” Book chapter in publication for volume Teaching Interreligious Encounters (Oxford: Oxford University Press) in the American Academy of Religion’s Teaching Religious Studies series.

Emily Sigalow. “JUBUs, Gender, and Social Scientific Perspectives.” Journal of Jewish Identities.

(under invited review)

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Emily Sigalow. “Breaking Down the Barriers: The 19th Century Meeting of Judaism and Buddhism in America.” (under review) Manuscripts in Preparation Emily Sigalow. “Jewish Encounters with Buddhism in America: An Overview” Emily Sigalow. “A Segmented Model of Religious Conversion: Identity Construction among Jews who become Buddhist.” Emily Sigalow. “Constructing a Culturally Jewish Identity.” Media and Public Writing Podcasts/Articles about American JUBU research • “A Brief History of JUBUS,” podcast interview with Robert Wright, The Wright Show, MeaningofLive.Tv, March 30, 2016 • “Finding Path to Inclusion Through Exclusion at an Oakland Meditation Center” The New York Times. October 2, 2015 • “The Jewish Roots of Mindfulness” Tablet Magazine. October 8, 2015.

• “Sociologists to research 'Who is a JewBu?” BrandeisNow. February 3, 2011 Public Writing

• Emily Sigalow. “Do Jewish Children’s Books Have a Problem with Gender?” Tablet Magazine. January 22, 2014.

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards 2015-2017 Bronfman Brandeis-Israel Research Collaborative Grant (co-PI with Peter Conrad) ($11,500). Project: Evaluating Risk and Choice among BRCA Carriers in Israel and America: A Preliminary Study 2015-2016 Invited Participant in the Paula E. Hyman Mentoring Program, Association for Jewish Studies. Mentor: Karla Goldman, University of Michigan.

May 2015 Brandeis Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Student Commencement Marshal

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2015 Invited Participant in "Grammars of Coherence and Difference: Jewish Studies through the Lens of Gender Studies” at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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2014-2015 Berman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in Support of Research in the Social Scientific Study of Contemporary American Jewish Community ($16,000)

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Fall 2014 Helen Gartner Hammer Scholar-in-Residence at the Hadassah Brandeis Institute ($12,000) May 2014 Invited Participant in American Academy for Jewish Research Graduate Student Seminar at Frankel Center for Jewish Studies, University of Michigan 2013-2014 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Dissertation Year Fellowship (~$36,000) 2013 Research Circle on Democracy and Cultural Pluralism Grant, Brandeis Univeristy

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2012 Tauber Institute Graduate Research Award 2011-2013 E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation Grant. Project title: "Buddhist-Jewish Encounters: A Case Study for Theological Students and Educators” (with Wendy Cadge (PI) and Sara Shostak) ($40,000) 2010 Rena J. Olshansky '56 Grant for Research on Jewish Family Life 2010 3rd place winner of the Panel Study of American Religion and Ethnicity (PS-ARE):

2010 Graduate Student Paper Competition 2009 Lily Safra Graduate Student Internship, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, summer research support 2008 North Rhine-Westphalia Bursary Program, Heinrich-Heine-Universitat Dusseldorf 2007 Journey to Jewish Heritage Grant, Zalman Shazar Center, Jerusalem, Israel.

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Spring 2016 Judaism, Jewishness, and Modernity, Columbia University, Department of Religion Fall 2015 Introduction to Sociology, Quinnipiac University, Sociology Department Fall 2014 Half-Jews, Queer Jews, and Bu-Jews: Mapping Jewish Identities in America, Brandeis University, cross-listed between Departments of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Sociology, and programs in Women’s and Gender Studies, Religious Studies, and Sexuality and Queer Studies.

Teaching Fellow Fall 2011 ChaeRan Freeze, The Jewish Family: Past and Present, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Spring 2011 Bernadette Brooten and Wendy Cadge, Religions in Greater Boston, Departments of Sociology & Near Eastern and Judaic Studies.

Fall 2010 Jonathan Sarna, World Jewry since 1945, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies.

Fall 2009 Sylvia Barack Fishman, Sociology of the American Jewish Community, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies.

Other Teaching Experience 2013-2014 Graduate mentor to undergraduate thesis writer in Sociology 2010-2013 Developed teaching guides and curricular material to assist faculty in teaching about issues related to inter-religious exchange. Piloted teaching guides at Brandeis University, Harvard Divinity School, and Auburn Theological Seminary. Worked with Elinor Pierce at the The Pluralism Project at Harvard University on Case Study Initiative for teaching about religious pluralism. Project materials can be found at www.jewbu.net.

2002-2003 Ninth and Tenth Grade Advanced Algebra and Geometry Teacher, Hong Kong International School, Hong Kong.

2008- Hebrew and Judaic Studies Teacher, Congregations Temple Beth Elohim (Wellesley, MA) and The Conservative Synagogue (Westport, CT) Conference Presentations

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Formal Paper Presentations 2016 “The Birth of the JUBU: American Jewish Encounters with Buddhism before the 1960s.” Paper presented at American Jewish History Biennial Scholars Conference.

2015 “Towards a Sociological Perspective on Religious Synthesis: A New Approach to Syncretism.” Presented at paper session at American Sociological Association Annual Meeting.

2014 “Jewish Buddhist Encounters in America since 1893: A Historical Overview.” Paper presented at Association for Jewish Studies Annual Meeting.

2014 “Towards a Sociological Perspective on Religious Synthesis: A New Approach to Syncretism.” Paper presented at 2014 “Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference on Religion at Harvard Divinity School.”

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2014 “From None to Both: Multireligiousness in Contemporary America.” Paper presented at Association for the Sociology of Religion Annual Meeting.

2014 “Switching, Mixing, and Matching: Towards an Understanding of Multireligiousness in Contemporary America” Paper presented at American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting.

2014 “Bridging Differences: The Jewish-Buddhist Encounter in America since 1893.” Paper presented at Biennial Scholar's Conference in American Jewish History.

2014 “Jewish Identities in a Pluralistic America: A Case Study Approach.” Paper presented at conference Rethinking Jewish Identity and Jewish Education, Brandeis University.

2013 “Jewish Meditation: A New Religious Hybrid or Ancient Jewish Form?” Paper presented at the Association for Jewish Studies Annual Meeting.

2013 “Hybridizing Beliefs: Jewish-Buddhist Perspectives on Death, Suffering, and God.” Paper presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting.

2013 “I am a Jew and I am a Buddhist": An Exploration of Multiple Religious Identities.

Paper presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Meeting.

2013 “Jewish Buddhist or Buddhist Jew?: An Exploration of Multiple Religious Belonging.” Presented at paper session American Sociological Association Annual Meeting.

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2012 "Jewish-Buddhist Encounters: An Exploration of Multiple Religious Belonging.” Paper presentation at the Association for Jewish Studies Annual Meeting.

2012 “Perpetuating Stereotypes: A Study of Gender, Family, and Religious Life in Jewish Children’s Books.” Paper presentation at the Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting.

2011 "Strategies for Negotiating Religious Diversity: The Case of Overbrook Hospital."

Paper presentation at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Meeting (with Wendy Cadge).

2010 "Toward an Understanding of Religion, Perception, and Decision Making." Paper presentation at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Meeting (with Meredith Bergey) 2009 "Exploring the Reading Habits of Jewish Women in Early Modern German Lands."

Paper presentation at Women's and Gender Studies Conference, Brandeis University.

Respondent and Author Meets Critic Participation 2015 Respondent for session “Religious Hybridities and Multiple Religious Belonging: A Contested Concept?” at the American Academy of Religion Annual Conference.

2015 Critic in “Author Meets Critic” Session for Theodore Sasson’s The New American Zionism at Association for the Sociology of Religion Annual Meeting.

Conference Panel Organization 2014 Conference Panel Organizer for session “After THE JEW IN THE LOTUS:

American Jews, Eastern Religions, and a New Culture of Jewish Spirituality.” Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference 2014 Conference Panel Organizer for session “New Innovations in Jewish Spirituality: A Scholarly Assessment.” Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference 2013 Conference Panel Organizer for session “New Perspectives on Buddhism and Multiple- Religious Belonging.” American Academy of Religion Annual Conference.

Invited Presentations

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Fall 2016 “The Encounter Between Judaism and Buddhism in America,” Department of Religious Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies, Duke University.

2015 “Making Meditation Jewish.” Invited talk at the University of Connecticut’s Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life 2015 “The Encounter between Judaism and Buddhism in America: An Overview.” Invited talk at session After the Jew in the Lotus?: A Panel Discussion about Jewish and Buddhist Meditation, Brandeis University Consulting and Professional Experience 2015– Consultant for Legacy Heritage Foundation on the Nachson Project, with Prof.

Joseph Reimer, Brandeis University.

2006-2008 Coordinator of the Peace and Social Justice Program, Hadassah WUJS-ARAD, Israel Organized and taught seminars and workshops on issues of peace and social justice in Israel.

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