Jim Joseph Professor of Education and Jewish Studies
Member of the Center for Jewish Studies
Associate Professor of Religious Studies (by courtesy)
Affiliate of the American Studies Program
Affiliate of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
Associate Director, American Religions in a Global Context
Professor Kelman is wrapping up a co-edited volume (with Jon Levison @ Brandeis), entitled "Beyond Jewish Identity." He is also working on a collection of essays examining the production of knowledge about American Jews in the post-war period. The project is tentatively entitled "Learning to be Jewish." Together with his students, he is exploring citational networks in scholarly research, students in a Jewish high school, travel to Israel, and the difference between learning religion and learning about religion. He is also nursing a burgeoning interest in the religious and secular investments in the Voyager Golden Record.
Ari is interested in research at the intersection of Education and Jewish Studies, with an emphasis on the myriad ways in which people cultivate deep commitments His research focuses on the ways that people learn religion across domains including schools, congregations, museums, camps, media, and online.
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.
PhD (American Studies): New York University (2003)
BA (Sociology): UC Santa Cruz (1994)
Associate Professor of American Studies at UC Davis: 2009 - 2011
Assistant Professor of American Studies at UC Davis: 2006 - 2009
Scholar-in-Residence, American Jewish Historical Society: 2005 - 2006
Historian, National Museum of American Jewish History: 2003 - 2005
Ari Y Kelman. Shout to the Lord: Making Worship Music in Evangelical America (NYU Press, 2018)
Ari Y. Kelman, Tobin Belzer, Ilana Horwitz, Ziva Hassenfeld, and Matt Williams. "Traditional Judaism: The Conceptualization of Jewishness in the Lives of American Jewish Post-Boomers." Jewish Social Studies 23, no. 1 (2017): 134-67. doi:10.2979/jewisocistud.23.1.05.