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Sylvia B. Fishman, PhD

Prof.  Sylvia Barack Fishman is Chair of the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis University, where she is the Joseph and Esther Foster Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life; and also co-director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. She is the author of seven books and numerous monographs and articles on the interplay of American and Jewish values, transformations in the American Jewish family, the impact of Jewish education, gender studies and the changing roles of Jewish men and women, contemporary Jewish literature and film, and the relationship of Diaspora Jews to Jewish peoplehood and Israel. 

Her most recent book is The Way Into the Varieties of Jewishness, and her new book, Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families:  Paradoxes of a Social Revolution, will appear in 2015. Her earlier books include, Double  or Nothing? Jewish Families and Mixed Marriage, 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. Fishman received her BA from Stern College at Yeshiva University, which awarded her the Samuel Belkin Prize for Distinguished Professional Achievement, and her PhD from Washington University in St. Louis, which awarded her a Danforth  Graduate Fellowship.