2022 Marshall Sklare Awardee: Debra Renee Kaufman

The ASSJ is very pleased to announce that Professor Debra Renee Kaufman will be the recipient of the 2022 Marshall Sklare Award in recognition of her many accomplishments in contemporary Jewish Studies and in the broader academic fields of the social sciences and the humanities.  Professor Kaufman, who is Professor Emerita and Matthews Distinguished University Professor at Northeastern University, has been a central voice in Sociology, Feminist Studies, and Jewish Studies over the past forty years.  She has helped to shape the field of Feminist Studies and Jewish Studies not only through her professional research and scholarship as a noted sociologist, but also through her leadership as co-founder of the Jewish Studies program and founding director of the Women’s Studies department (now Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program) at Northeastern University, and a co-founder of Graduate Consortium of Women’s Studies (now the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality) in Boston.  She has been a visiting scholar at the Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Oxford University, England, the Murray Research Center at Radcliffe College, and the Wellesley Center for Women at Wellesley College, and she has guest lectured around the world, including Frei University in Germany where she conducted a seminar on post-Holocaust narratives among young adults in the United States and Israel.  The Marshall Sklare Award will be presented to her at the upcoming 2022 Association for Jewish Studies conference in Boston.

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