Ph.D. English literature. UCLA. 1995.
M.A. English literature. UCLA. 1993.
B.A. English literature. UCDavis. 1989.
Once We Were Slaves: The Extraordinary Journey of a Multi-Racial Jewish Family Oxford University Press, 2021
The Art of the Jewish Family: A History of Women in Early New York in Five Objects. Bard Graduate Center, 2020. Selected for the Jewish Women’s Archive Book Club, 2020. Winner of three National Jewish Book Awards: the Gerrard and Ellen Berman Memorial Award for History, the American Jewish Studies Celebrate 350 Award, and the Women Studies Barbara Dobkin Award.
Jews in the Americas, 1776-1826, co-edited with Michael Hoberman and Hilit Surowitz-Israel. New York: Routledge, 2017.
Messianism, Secrecy, and Mysticism: A New Interpretation of Early American Jewish Life. London: Vallentine Mitchell Press. Outstanding Academic Title, 2013; Winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award in Jewish American Studies and the 2012 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in Cultural Studies and Media Studies.
Executive Board, AJS
VP of Publications, AJS
Board of Directors, AJS
Academic Council, AJHS
Chair, Digital Media Committee, AJS
Advisory Board of Editors, American Jewish History
Advisory Board of Editors, Jewish Social Studies
Advisory Board of Editors, Religion in the Age of Enlightenment
A Cultural Edition of Experience Mayhew’s Indian Converts or, Some account of the lives and dying speeches of a considerable number of the Christianized Indians of Martha's Vineyard, in New-England (1727). Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, Native Americans in the Northeast Series, 2008.
Laura Arnold (Leibman), co-ed. Instructor Guide, American Passages: A Literary Survey. NY: W.W. Norton, 2003. Author of “Introduction,” “Telling the Story of American Literature,” “Getting Started,” & co-author “Unit 1: Native Voices.”
Laura Arnold (Leibman), co-ed. Student Guide, American Passages: A Literary Survey. NY: W.W. Norton. 2003. Author of “Preface,” “Introduction,” “Ways of Telling the Story of American Literature,” “Literature in its Cultural Context,” “Writing About Literature,” & co-author “Unit 1: Native Voices.”
2010 - present
2010 - present
Selected Journal Articles & Book Chapters
“Children, Toys, and Judaism.” The Bloomsbury Reader in Religion and Childhood, ed. Anna Strhan, Stephen G. Parker and Susan Ridgely. London: Bloomsbury, 2017. 299-306.
“Of Dogs, Vacations, and Jews,” American Jewish History. 101.1 (2017): 90-93.
“The Crossroads of American History: Jews in the Colonial Americas,” By Dawn's Early Light: Jewish Contributions to American Culture from the Nation's Founding to the Civil War, ed. Adam Mendelsohn. Princeton: Princeton University Library, 2016. 12-23.
"Making Jews: Race, Gender, and Identity in Barbados in the Age of Emancipation." Co-authored with Sam May. Jewish American History. 99.1: 1-26. Winner of the Wasserman Prize (2015) for best essay in American Jewish History.
“What is Sephardic Culture?” Vida Sefaradí: A Century of Jewish Life in Portland [Exhibit Catalogue]. Portland, OR: Congregation Ahavath Achim and Oregon Jewish Museum, 2014. 11-16.
“Poetics of the Apocalypse: Messianism in Early Jewish American Poetry.” Studies in American Jewish Literature (Special Issue on Early Jewish American Literature). 33.1 (2014): 35-62.
“Grave Matters: Childhood, Identity, and Converso Funerary Art in Colonial America.” Co-authored with Suzanna Goldblatt. Sephardic Horizons. 2.3 (2012).
“Cities of the Dead: Architectural Motifs and Burial Practices in Curaçao’s Religious and Ethnic Communities.” Co-authored with Kent Coupé. Markers (Annual Journal of the Association for Gravestone Studies) 27 (2011): 56-87.
“Sephardic Sacred Space in Colonial America,” Jewish History 25.1 (2011): 13-41.
“Early American Mikvaot: Ritual Baths as the Hope of Israel.” Religion in the Age of Enlightenment 1: 109-145. To be reprinted in American Jewry: Transcending the European Experience, ed. Christian Wiese and Cornelia Wilhelm. London: Continuum, 2013.
"From the Holy Land to New England Canaan: Rabbi Karigal and Sephardic Itinerant Preaching in the 18th Century." Early American Literature 44.1 (2009): 71-93.
“Tradition and Innovation in a Colonial Wampanoag Family from Martha’s Vineyard.” In Early Native Literacies in New England: a Documentary and Critical Anthology. Ed. Hilary Wyss & Kristina Bross. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2008. 174-97.
"Bridge of Difference: Sherman Alexie and the Politics of Mourning." American Literature 77.3 (2005): 541-61. Reprinted in Sherman Alexie (Critical Insights), ed. Leon Lewis. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2012. 251-74.
“'Now...Didn't Our People Laugh?' Female Misbehavior and Algonquian Custom in Mary Rowlandson's Captivity and Restauration,” American Indian Culture and Research Journal. 21.4 (1997): 1-28.