Founder's Academic Bio
Books about Jewish intermarriage
Keren R. McGinity is an educator who specializes in Jewish intermarriage and gender. Dr. McGinity directs the Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program at Hebrew College and teaches multiple IFJE courses. She is also a Research Associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University. She was the inaugural Mandell L. Berman Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Contemporary American Jewish Life at the University of Michigan’s Frankel Center for Judaic Studies (2008-2010). Dr. McGinity earned her Ph.D. from Brown University where she subsequently held an appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor of history (2005-2008). She also holds degrees from Harvard and Rutgers Universities.
Dr. McGinity’s pioneering book, Marrying Out: Jewish Men, Intermarriage, and Fatherhood (Indiana University Press, 2014), is the first gender history of intermarried Jewish men. Her earlier monograph, Still Jewish: A History of Women and Intermarriage in America (NYU Press, 2009), was selected as a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Interweaving contemporary ethnography with traditional archival sources, these books significantly broaden the understanding of intermarried women and men by elucidating the meanings behind their choices, the Christians who marry them, and the influential role of popular culture. Dr. McGinity is the guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Jewish Identities on intermarriage and authenticity (January 2015).
Her research and writing have been generously supported by the Mandell L. Berman Foundation, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Women’s Studies Association, Wellesley College, Brown University, the University of Michigan, and the Association for Jewish Studies Women’s Caucus.
Dr. McGinity has taught ethnic literature, history, sociology, American studies, gender studies, and Jewish studies. She was the maiden graduate research fellow at the Jewish Women’s Archive, where she currently serves on the Academic Advisory Council, and is an active member of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry.