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Dr. Keren R. McGinity

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Division: Graduate Studies, Undergraduate Studies
Program: Jewish Studies (Graduate), Jewish Studies (Undergraduate)

Keren McGinity is an internationally recognized gender historian who specializes in American Jews and intermarriage. Dr. McGinity is currently a Research Associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. Prior to joining the HBI, she was an Associate Research Scientist at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, also at Brandeis University. Before coming to Brandeis, Dr. McGinity was the inaugural Mandell L. Berman Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Contemporary American Jewish Life at the University of Michigan’s Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. She currently serves on the Academic Advisory Council of the Jewish Women’s Archive and the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society.

Dr. McGinity earned her Ph.D. from Brown University where she subsequently held an appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor of history. She has guest lectured at many institutions of higher education and in communal settings while pursuing an ambitious research agenda. Her pioneering book, Still Jewish: A History of Women and Intermarriage in America (published by NYU Press), was selected as a finalist for the 2009 National Jewish Book Award and positively reviewed in the Jerusalem Post, the Forward, Moment and Lilith magazines, as well as in many online publication and scholarly journals.

Dr. McGinity’s current book project is titled Strangers in the Fold: Jewish Men, Intermarriage, and Fatherhood. It is under contract with Indiana University Press for publication in fall 2013. Interweaving contemporary ethnography with traditional archival sources, this work will significantly broaden the understanding of intermarried Jewish men by elucidating the meanings behind their choices, the Gentile women who marry them, and the influential role of popular culture.

Dr. McGinity is the founding director of Love & Tradition (www.loveandtradition.com), an Internet based project dedicated to shedding new light on intermarriage in America.

Please read Dr. McGinty's latest blog post: www.shma.com/2012/12/s-blog-the-november-dilemma-how-personal-is-the-political/