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Laura Arnold Leibman

Professor of English and Humanities
Reed College

Laura Arnold Leibman is Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Her work focuses on religion and the daily lives of women and children in early America, and uses everyday objects to help bring their stories back to life. She is the author of Indian Converts (U Mass Press, 2008), the co-editor of Jews in the Americas, 1776-1826 (Routledge, 2017), and the author of Messianism, Secrecy and Mysticism: A New Interpretation of Early American Jewish Life (Vallentine Mitchell, 2012), which won a National Jewish Book Award, a Jordan Schnitzer Book Award from the Association for Jewish Studies, and was selected as one of Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013. Laura has previously been a visiting scholar at Oxford University, Utrecht University, and the University of Panama. Known for her scholarship in Digital Humanities, she served as the Academic Director for the award-winning multimedia public television series American Passages: A Literary Survey (2003). Laura, who earned her PhD from UCLA, is currently at work on a book that uses material culture to trace the history of members of a multiracial family who began their lives as slaves in the Caribbean and became some of the wealthiest Jews in New York.