Shari Rabin

  • Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Religion

Areas of Study


PhD, Yale University, 2015
MPhil, Yale University, 2012
BA, Boston University, 2009


Shari Rabin is a scholar of modern Judaism and American religions. She is the author of the award-winning Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-century America (NYU Press, 2017). She is currently writing a history of Jews, religion, and race in the U.S. South, from the seventeenth-century to the present day.

  • RELG/JWST 100 - Introduction to Jewish Studies: Sacred Spaces and Promised Lands
  • RELG 283 - American Religious Traditions
  • RELG/JWST 253 - Pilgrimage, Travel, and Judaism
  • RELG/JWST 257 - Judaism in the U.S.: State, Synagogue and Beyond
  • RELG 358 - Religious Outsiders and the American State


Shari Rabin and Matthew Berkman publish in America Jewish History special issue

September 2, 2021

Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies Shari Rabin and Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies Matthew Berkman both had pieces published in the journal American Jewish History’s new special issue on antisemitism.

Shari Rabin participates in discussion on Jews and Muslims in America

June 8, 2021

Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Religion Shari Rabin will speak as part of a discussion on "Jews and Muslims in America" at the Graduate Theological Union's Madrasa-Midrasha Program. The conversation begins at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 15. Rabin's talk is titled "Placing Jews in American History" and will consider how Jews have been understood and how Judaism has been transformed in American history, using the 1669 Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina as its starting point.

Shari Rabin Quoted

June 19, 2020

Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Religion Shari Rabin is quoted in an article in the Jewish Telegraph Agency concerning a California synagogue's decision to alter a monument in their synagogue that included the name of a slave-holding, Confederate Jew.

Shari Rabin Gives Workshop

April 29, 2020

Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Religion Shari Rabin gave a training workshop on nineteenth-century Jewish migration for docents at the National Museum of American Jewish History. 


This Week in Photos: A Classy View

March 19, 2021

Professor Todd Ganson’s problems of philosophy class in the Peters Hall Language Lab serves as inspiration for this week’s photo series.