Sylvia Barack Fishman

Sylvia FishmanEmerita Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life


  • Washington University, PhD

  • New York University, MA

  • Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University, BA


Professor Sylvia Barack Fishman, Ph.D., is an Emerita Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis University. She is the author of eight books and numerous articles discussing antisemitism and anti-Zionism, Israel-Diaspora relations, Jewish identity, the interplay of American and Jewish values, transformations in the American Jewish family, the impact of Jewish education, gender and sexuality in American Jewish life, and portrayals of Jews and Jewishness in fiction and film. Prof. Fishman edits the HBI Series on Gender and Jewish Culture. Among other honors, Prof. Fishman received The Marshall Sklare Award from the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, and the Belkin Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement from Yeshiva University (Stern College).

Selected Publications

Professor Fishman is the author of eight books, including The Way into the Varieties of Jewishness, Choosing Jewish: Conversations about Conversion, and Double or Nothing?" Jewish Families and Mixed Marriage, as well as numerous articles scholarly journals and monographs. Professor Fishman's latest book is Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families: Paradoxes of a Social Revolution.