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Ari Y. Kelman


Professor Kelman's research focuses on the myriad ways in which people cultivate religious commitments. His research focuses on the ways that people learn religion across domains including schools, congregations, museums, camps, media, and online. He holds a particular research focus on American Jewry.

He is the author of Shout to the Lord: Making Worship Music in Evangelical America (NYU 2018) Station Identification: A Cultural History of Yiddish Radio (California, 2009). He is also the editor of Is Diss a System?: A Milt Gross Comic Reader (NYU, 2010), and a co-author of Sacred Strategies: Transforming Synagogues from Functional to Visionary (Alban Institute, 2011). He is also the author of a number of articles about contemporary Jewish identity and culture, among other things.

Other Titles

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education
Associate Professor (By courtesy), Religious Studies

Program Affiliations

SHIPS (PhD): Anthropology of Education
SHIPS (PhD): History of Education
SHIPS (PhD): Social Sciences in Education
SHIPS (PhD): Sociology of Education
Education and Jewish Studies

Research Interests

Recent Publications

Holscher, K., Ebel, J., Riess, J., Edmonds, J. L. T., Heo, A., & Kelman, A. Y. (2019). Forum. RELIGION AND AMERICAN CULTURE-A JOURNAL OF INTERPRETATION, 29(1), 1–35.

Kelman, A. Y. (2019). Learning and Learning about Religious Knowledge. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION.

Kelman, A. Y., Marom, M. S., & Keep, B. (2019). What We Talk About When We Talk About Research in Jewish Education: How References Produce a Field. JOURNAL OF JEWISH EDUCATION, 85(3), 240–67.

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