Bonnie J. Morris

Bonnie J. Morris earned her Ph.D. in women’s history from the State University of New York at Binghamton. As a visiting research associate at Harvard Divinity School, Morris taught Harvard’s first graduate seminar on Hasidic women in America, and later published her doctoral dissertation as Lubavitcher Women in America. She has taught women’s studies at both George Washington University and Georgetown since 1994, including a term aboard ship for the global voyage Semester at Sea. She is the author of five other books, and her essays and articles have appeared in more than forty anthologies, including New World Hasidim.

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Hasidic Women in the United States

Hasidic women represent a unique face of American Judaism. As Hasidim—ultra-Orthodox Jews belonging to sectarian communities, worshiping and working as followers of specific rebbes—they are set apart from assimilated, mainstream American Jews. But as women in a subculture primarily defined by male religious studies, rituals, and legal obligations, they are also set apart from Hasidic men, whose recognizable styles of dress and yeshiva ingatherings have long presented a masculine standard for outsiders’ understanding of Hasidism.

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