Debra Renee Kaufman

Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Matthews Distinguished University Professor

Ph.D., Cornell University

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Areas of Research/Interest:

• Gender
• Family
• Professions
• Feminist Studies
• Religion

Selected Publications

Debra Kaufman. Post Holocaust Identity and an Ever-Dying People: Contemporary Narratives (2006).

Debra Kaufman. From the Protocols of Zion to Holocaust Denial Trials: Challenging the Media, the Law and the Academy. (Vallentine Mitchell: London, England and Portland, Oregon 2007).

Debra Renee Kaufman. “The Place of Judaism in American Jewish Identity” in Cambridge Companion to American Judaism. Ed. Dana Kaplan. (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, England 2005).

Debra Renee Kaufman. “Post-Holocaust Memory: Some Gendered Reflections” in Re-placing Ourselves: Gender, Place, and Memory in the Modern Jewish Experience. eds. Judith Tydor Baumel and Tova Cohen. (Vallentine Mitchell: London, England and Portland Oregon 2003).

Debra Renee Kaufman “Better the Devil You Know…and Other Contemporary Identity Narratives: Comparing Orthodox to Reform Judaism” in Platforms and Prayer Books, edited by Dana Evan Kaplan. (Rowman and Littlefield: Maryland 2002).

Debra Renee Kaufman (Special Section Editor), “Women and the Holocaust”, Contemporary Jewry, 1996, Volume 17 (Annual Edition).

Debra Kaufman. “Renaming Violence” American Behavioral Scientist 45.4(2001).

Debra Renee Kaufman. “Embedded Categories: Identity among Jewish Young Adults in the United States.” Race, Gender and Class 6.4 (1999). (special guest edition entitled: Race, Gender & Class: American Jewish Perspective.

Debra Kaufman. Rachel’s Daughters: Newly Orthodox Jewish Women, Rutgers University Press, 1991. Nominated for the Jesse Bernard Sociologists for Women in Society Award and the E.H. Cooley Social Psychology Award. Second Paperback Edition, 1993. Chapter three reprinted with introduction in Total Immersion: A Mikvah Anthology, Rivkah Slonim (ed.). (Jason Aronson, Inc.: Northville, N.J., 1996).

Debra Kaufman and Barbara Richardson. “Achievement and Women: Challenging the Assumptions” (New York: The Free Press, 1982). Nominated for the C. Wright Mills Award for notable contributions to sociological thought. (Received honorable mention).

External Affiliations:

• Eastern Sociology Society (Vice President 2004-5)
• Association for the Social Scientific Study of Judaism (Editorial Board 1995-2005; Contributing Editor)
• American Sociology Association
• Nashim: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies and Gender Issues (Editorial Board)
• Gender Issues (Editorial Board)
• Contemporary Jewry (Editorial Board, Reviewer)
• Gender and Society (Reviewer)
• Contemporary Sociology (Reviewer)
• Sociology of Religion (Reviewer)
• Graduate Consortium for Women’s Studies at MIT (Member, Instructor)
• Boston Jewish Film Festival Annual Catalogue of Reviews of the World’s Best Contemporary Films on Jewish Themes (Reviewer)
• Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women at Brandeis University (Academic Advisory Board)
• Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Center for the Study of Women in Judaism at Bar-Ilan University, Israel (International Academic Advisory Board)
• Sociologists for Women in Society

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Courses Taught Undergraduate:

• SOCL 1259 Women in Jewish Culture
• SOCL 4530 The Family

Courses Taught Graduate:

• SOCL 7212 Feminist Methodologies
• SOCL 7256 Contemporary Issues in Sociology: Ethnic, Racial and Religious Identity
• SOCL 7237 Men, Women and Social Change
• SOCL 7202 Feminist Theory