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Professor of English & Humanities

3203 SE Woodstock Blvd

Portland, OR 97202-8199


Tel: 503-517-7329

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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 doi:10.1093/oso/9780197530474.001.0001

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 (2020): the Gerrard and Ellen Berman Memorial Award for History, the American Jewish Studies Celebrate 350 Award, and the Women Studies Barbara Dobkin Award. Finalist for a Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in the category of Modern Jewish History and Culture: Africa, Americas, Asia, and Oceania (2021). doi:10.2307/j.ctv12fw8df

Jews in the Americas, 1776-1826, co-edited with Michael Hoberman and Hilit Surowitz-Israel. New York: Routledge, 2017.


Academic DIrector, American Passages


Lead Advisor, Artifacts & Fiction

Current Service

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

“Jewishness and Sexuality in the Americas, 1519-1880.” Co-authored with Shari Rabin. Religion Compass (2021).

"Jewish Healers and Yellow Fever in the Eighteenth-Century Americas." Jewish Social Studies 26, no. 1 (2020): 77-90. doi:10.2979/jewisocistud.26.1.07.

“From Pastoral to Georgic: the Dutch Jewish Country House as a Rhizome.” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, 18, no. 4 (2019): 399-423.

“Introduction: Jewish American Material Culture,” American Jewish History. 101.2 (2017): 115-120. doi:10.1353/ajh.2017.0024

“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.



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