People in Sociology - Faculty

Fraser Hall

Lynn Davidman

University Distinguished Professor
Fall 2013 Office Hours: 4:00-5:00 TR & by appt

Professor Lynn Davidman (PhD, Brandeis University) will join the departments of Sociology and Religious Studies as the Beren Distinguished Professor of Modern Jewish Studies. She has published three books with major university presses: “Tradition in a Rootless World” (University of California Press, 1991), which won a National Jewish Book Award; “Motherloss” (University of Calif Press, 2000); and “Feminist Perspectives in Jewish Studies” (Yale, 2004), co-edited with Shelly Tenenbaum. Her research has appeared in a variety of prestigious journals such as Sociology of Religion and Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Lynn serves on the advisory board of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University and is a member of the editorial board for Qualitative Sociology. She comes to KU from Brown University, where she has been a professor of Judaic studies, American civilization and gender studies.

Joseph E. Steinmetz, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, praises Lynn Davidman as “a foremost scholar in modern Jewish studies whose work intersects the disciplines of sociology, religious studies, Jewish studies, women and gender studies, and race, religion and ethnicity.” She brings her skills and enthusiasm to the rapidly expanding program in Jewish Studies at KU. And as a colleague in the departments of Religious Studies and Sociology, her vision will be instrumental to the development of transdisciplinary tracks in sociology of religion, women and gender at the graduate and undergraduate levels.



Fall 2013 Courses

  • Soc 105 Elements of Sociology, Honors
  • Soc 900 Special Topics in Theory: Feminist Theory



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