I am a sociologist whose work focuses on American religion with a specific emphasis on the social scientific study of contemporary Jewish life. I am finishing a book project about the historical and contemporary encounter between Judaism and Buddhism in America. This book project, American JUBU: Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change in the United States (under contract with Princeton University Press) is an extension of my dissertation research. This book explains how Judaism and Buddhism met, combined, and changed in relation to each other in America since 1893.
My work has been supported by the Berman Foundation, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Mellon Foundation, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, The Research Circle on Democracy and Pluralism, and the Tauber Institute.