Ayala Fader

Ayala Fader Associate Professor of Anthropology
(at Lincoln Center)
Email: fader@fordham.edu

Office: Lowenstein 923B
Phone: 212-636-6513
Fax: 212-636-7153

Education

BA, New York University;
MA, Teachers College, Columbia University;
MA, PhD, New York University, 2000.

Research Interests

Religion, Anthropology of Judaism, Language and Culture, Gender, Childhood, Media

Biography

My ongoing research agenda ethnographically investigates contemporary North American Jewish identities and languages in urban centers. My scholarship engages key issues at the intersection of the religion, Jewish Studies, gender and linguistic anthropology (including language and media). My most recent book project, Double Life: Faith, Doubt and the Internet among Hasidic Jews, is being funded by a Senior NSF Grant.

Selected Publications (Books)

2009. Mitzvah Girls: Bringing Up the Next Generation of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Mitzvah Girls - Ayala Fader

Winner of a 2009 New York City Book Award by the New York Society Library.

Winner of the 2009 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Women's Studies

"Highly Commended" by the Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion, Society for the Anthropology of Religion and the American Anthropological Association

Under contract - Double Life: Faith, Doubt and the Internet among Ultra-Orthodox Jews in New York. Series: Culture and Technology (Boellstorff & Maurer, Eds.). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Selected Publications (Articles)

In press. "Secular and Religious Literacies in Multilingual Hasidic Homes and Schools". In Religion as a Mediator of Languages, Literacies and Identities: Critical and Ethnographic Perspectives. V. Lytra, D. Volk, and E. Gregory, Eds. New York: Routledge.

2015. "Occupy Judaism: Religion, Digital Media and the Public Sphere" (with Rabbi Owen Gottlieb). Anthropological Quarterly 88(3): 759-793.

2014. The Multilingual Jewish Blogosphere. Religion and Its Publics. The Immanent Frame, SSRC. http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/2014/09/16/the- multilingual-jewish-blogosphere/blogosphere/

2014. Ethnography and History Roundtable Discussion. American Jewish History 98 (1): 1-8.

2013. "Nonliberal Jewish Inspirational Lectures in Brooklyn: The Crisis of Faith and the Morality of Media." American Anthropologist.

2012. "Is the Internet the Problem? Sexual Abuse Scandals and Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn". (https://wp.nyu.edu/therevealer/2012/11/13/sex-abuse-scandals-and-ultra-orthodox-jews-is-the-internet-the-problem/) The Revealer: A Daily Review of Religion and Media. The Center for Religion and Media, New York University.

2011. "Morality and Language Socialization." Pp. 343-360 in The Handbook of Language Socialization, edited by A. Duranti, B.B. Schieffelin, E. Ochs. New York: Blackwell-Wiley.

2009. "The Jewish Child." In Companion to the Handbook of the Child, edited by Richard Schweder. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2008. "Jewish Spirituality and Late Capitalism." Jewish Culture and History 8(3):39-58. Reprinted pp. 34-51 in New Age Judaism, edited by C. Rothenberg and A. Vallely, eds. London and Portland, OR: Vallentine Mitchell.

2008. "Reading Jewish signs: multilingual literacy socialization with Hasidic women and girls in New York." Text and Talk28(5):621-641.

2007. "The Jewish Children's Museum Roundtable Discussion." Material Religion 3(3):405-426.

2007. "Reflections on Queen Esther: The Politics of Jewish Ethnography." Contemporary Jewry 27:112-136.

2007. "Redeeming Sacred Sparks: Syncretism and Gendered Language Shift among Hasidic Jews in New York." Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 17(1):1-23.

2006. "Learning Faith: Language Socialization in a Hasidic Community." Language in Society 35(2):207-229.

2001. "Literacy, Bilingualism and Gender in a Hasidic Community." Linguistics and Education 12(3):261-283.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Language and Culture; The Anthropology of Cities; Magic, Science, and Religion; Passages: The Lifecycle in Cross-Cultural Perspective; Language, Gender, and Power; Cultures of New York; Ethnographic Methods; Anthropology of Childhood

Graduate
Fieldwork: Ethnic and Religious Communities