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Research interests

My research interests are interdisciplinary and wide-ranging, though I primarily write about late 19th through 21st-century ethnic American and women’s literature and culture. I recently published a monograph entitled Women of Valor: Orthodox Jewish Troll Fighters, Crime Writers, and Rock Stars in Contemporary Literature and Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2018), which was awarded Honourable Mention for the Robert K. Martin/Canadian Association for American Studies Book Prize. The book examines representations of and an emergent literature by Orthodox Jewish women. An excerpt was used as the cover story for the 8 August edition of The Canadian Jewish News.

My essays have appeared in a number of journals, including Legacy, MELUS, Open Library of Humanities, American Studies, Canadian Review of American Studies, and Shofar. I am interested in the figure of the New Woman in Progressive Era fiction. For my article on New Woman suffragist writer Miriam Michelson, entitled, “Miriam Michelson’s Yellow Journalism and the Multi-Ethnic West,” written with Dr Lori Harrison-Kahan of Boston College, I won the 2016 Don D. Walker Prize for Best Essay in western American Literary Studies. 

In 2012, I published a critical edition of the 1916 novel, Marion: The Story of an Artist’s Model (McGill-Queen’s University Press), by the first Asian North American novelist, Winnifred Eaton (Onoto Watanna), and I have also produced an online collection of Eaton’s Western oeuvre for the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory.

My new research examines the productive interface between contemporary Anglo-American Muslim and Jewish women’s lives, literature, and activism. And I am currently co-editing a special issue of Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies about religious women's feminist art with Dr Rachel Harris of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne.

My service to the field includes reviewing for a number of journals and McGill-Queen's University Press. I also sit on the editorial board of Shofar, was the media and membership chair of The Society for the Study of Multiethnic Literature of the United States (2012-2015), and am on the board of the Association for Jewish Studies’ Women’s Caucus. I served as a panelist for the Canadian Review of American Studies' Ernest Redekop Essay Prize in 2017, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research Award in 2018 and 2019, and the Association for Jewish Studies Women’s Caucus Award for Innovative Scholarship in 2019. In addition to my regular contributions to conferences and research seminar series, I was the keynote speaker for the conference "Naomi Alderman: Empty Spaces, Untold Stories," held at Bath Spa University in 2019, as well as for the "Conversion and Narrative Expert Meeting for Beyond Religion vs Emancipation: Women's Conversion to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Project," held at Utrecht University in 2019.

Finally, I enjoy disseminating my research through popular venues. I have written for such publications as The Conversation, The Jewish Daily Forward, and Tablet Magazine; spoken at Limmud festivals and synagogue events; and been interviewed on the radio by Allison Josephs of "Jew in the City" and Petrie Hoskin (BBC Radio London), in a webinar with the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA), and on the Bonnets at Dawn podcast

I did my undergraduate work at York University in Toronto, and my MA and PhD at New York University in New York. I taught at Fordham University, University of Alberta, Princeton University, and the University of Birmingham before joining the University of Bristol as Director of Liberal Arts in 2018. 



External positions

External Examiner, Queen's University Belfast, MLibArts Liberal Arts, School of Arts, English, and Languages

Jan 202030 Sep 2023

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Research Output

The Surprising Versatility of Israel Zangwill’s The Melting Pot

Skinazi, K. E. H. & Harrison-Kahan, L., Jun 2020, Teaching Jewish American Literature. Rosenberg, R. & Rubinstein, R. (eds.). Modern Language Association of America, p. 287-295 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

Review of Silver Screen, Hasidic Jews: The Story of an Image, by Shaina Hammerman

Skinazi, K. E. H., 2019, In : Journal of Jewish Identities. 12, 1, p. 75-77

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review (Academic Journal)

Miriam Michelson

Lori Harrison-Kahan & Skinazi, K. E. H., Mar 2018, Dictionary of Literary Biography: Writers on Women’s Rights and United States Suffrage. Gale, Vol. 381. p. 221-231

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary


Don D. Walker Prize for Best Essay in western American Literary Studies

Skinazi, Karen (Recipient) & Lori Harrison-Kahan (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    • 1 Editorial activity

    Shofar (Journal)

    Karen Skinazi (Editor), & Rachel S. Harris (Editor)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity