Shaul Kelner PhotoAssociate Professor of

Sociology and

Jewish Studies

 

Shaul Kelner is Associate Professor of Sociology and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University. He served as director of Vanderbilt’s Program in Jewish Studies from 2012 until July 2015. His research addresses the intersection of culture and politics, and focuses particularly on how cultural practices are mobilized to shape contemporary Jewish political identities. Some of his recent work has focused on diaspora Jewish travel to Israel, and cultural dimensions the movement to free Soviet Jews.



 

 

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Sociology of Culture
Social Movements & Cultural Change
Sociology of Tourism and Travel
Sociology of Jewish Communities
Diasporas and Collective Identity
Ritual
Philanthropy
Social Networks
Theory

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
-Cultural Dimensions of the Cold War-Era American Campaign for Soviet Jewry
-Environmental Activism in Israel

2015-2016 COURSE OFFERINGS
ON LEAVE, RETURNING FALL 2016

ON OTHER VANDERBILT PAGES
Shaul Kelner's Vanderbilt Sociology Page
Shaul Kelner's Vanderbilt Jewish Studies Page

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