National Jewish Book Award Finalist in American Jewish Studies


I am a scholar of religion and the politics of the American Family and an assistant professor of Women and Gender Studies and Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. I am particularly interested in how families create meaning; about their practices, identities, and senses of morality; and how, in turn, outside forces (religious leaders and institutions, politicians, and creators of popular culture) construct the American family through theology, legislation, and public discourse. I have a degree in divinity from Harvard University, a PhD from Emory University, served as a Health and Spirituality Fellow at the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, have published numerous articles, and been featured on NPR's All Things Considered. My first book, Beyond Chrismukkah: Christian-Jewish Interfaith Families in the United States (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018), asks these questions in terms of  Christian-Jewish interfaith families from 1965 to the present. My new project, God Bless the Pill: Contraception, Sexuality, and American Religion, considers the role of liberal religious actors in increasing women's access to contraception in the second half of the twentieth century. I teach a variety of courses. For more information about my teaching, please click here.

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Beyond Chrismukkah

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Workshops and Consulting

Samira enjoys bringing her work on religion and American families to networks of interfaith families inside and outside of religious communities. She would be delighted to talk to you about what she might offer your community, be it a church, synagogue, community center, or simply a collection of friends.

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