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Postdoctoral Scholar, Taube Center for Jewish Studies
BioProfessional website and CV: https://www.jonathanbranfman.com/
Jonathan Branfman researches race, masculinity, and Jewish identity in popular media. His work invites Jewish, feminist, queer, critical race, and media studies to grasp how historical anti-Semitism shapes present-day U.S. visual culture, and how Jewish stars harness this stigma to enter America's core cultural debates.
First book project: "Millennial Jewish Stardom: Masculinity, Race, & Queer Glamor." Under contract with New York University Press.
Upcoming book projects:
"Jews & News Satire: Embodying Candor in the Age of Fake News"
"Passing Fancies: Chimeric Liberation in U.S. Passing Films"
Articles: Jonathan's research has appeared in Television & New Media, the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, the Journal of Homosexuality, and Frontiers, among others. For instance, to advance intersectional feminist theories of antisemitism, he has analyzed "Jewish-Progressive Conflict" in Frontiers (https://bit.ly/3N3LML0).
Educational publications: To share feminist and queer education beyond academia, Jonathan has likewise published an intersectional LGBTQ children's book, "You Be You! The Kid's Guide to Gender, Sexuality & Family" (https://bit.ly/3wWhljZ). This guide is now translated into 25 languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, and Yiddish.
Courses: "Passing: Hidden Identities Onscreen" (Fall 22)
Postdoctoral Scholar, Archaeology
BioI am an intersectional feminist archaeologist and activist. I use qualitative and quantitative social science methods to study the demographics and knowledge production practices of archaeologists. I am currently starting a new community-driven project about the history of institutions for people with disabilities in Massachusetts.