Sylvia Barack Fishman
Sylvia Barack Fishman, Department Chair, is the Professor of contemporary Jewish life, co-director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and a faculty affiliate at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies. Her newest book, "The Way Into the Varieties of Jewishness," and her recent works, "Choosing Jewish: Conversations About Conversion" and "Double or Nothing? Jewish Families and Mixed Marriage," have created lively scholarly and communal discussion.
Fishman is the author of numerous articles on Jewish education, the American Jewish family, changing roles of Jewish women, and American Jewish literature, film and popular culture, as well as previous books: "Follow My Footprints: Changing Images of Women in American Jewish Fiction"; "A Breath of Life: Feminism in the American Jewish Community"; and "Jewish Life and American Culture."
She received her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, which awarded her a Danforth Graduate Fellowship, and her undergraduate degree from Yeshiva University, which gave her the Samuel Belkin Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement.