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  • Jonathan Branfman

    Jonathan Branfman

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Taube Center for Jewish Studies

    BioProfessional website and CV:

    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: "Millennial Jewish Stardom: Masculinity, Race, & Queer Glamor." Forthcoming in 2024 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 (

    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" ( This guide is now translated into 25 languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, and Yiddish.

    Courses: "Passing: Hidden Identities Onscreen" (Fall 22)