Greetings! I am currently a Phd Candidate in the Dept of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University, Montreal, where I am writing a dissertation on the Jewish Deaf community of New York, 1914-1924. My primary source for this project is an as yet under explored periodical entitled, 'The Jewish Deaf'. As such, my research sits at the intersection of American Jewish History and Deaf History, with theories and methodologies pulled from Jewish Studies, Deaf and Disability Studies, Gender Studies and Feminist Theory, and the emerging field of Periodical Studies, among others. Within the department, I am the co-convenor of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Research Group. I am also a member of the Organising Committee of the Collectif judéité(s), and inter-university association of Judaic Studies researchers. Additionally, I sit on the Curriculum Committee of the Thomas Moore Institute, a local Liberal Arts Institute, where I both design and lead courses. My research interests include Modern American Jewish History; Deaf History; Religious Studies; Disability Studies; Women, Gender and Sexuality; Feminist Theory; Sensory Studies; and Representation of Disability in Biblical and Rabbinic texts. I am a big consumer of the New Books Network's offerings and would be most interested in becoming a host!
Claire English is PhD Candidate in the Department of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University, Montreal.