Dr. Jodi Eichler-Levine

Director of American Studies
Berman Professor of Jewish Civilization
Associate Professor of Religion Studies
B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University
Ph.D. in Religion, Columbia University
Williams Hall 194


Jodi Eichler-Levine is an associate professor of Religion Studies and serves as the Berman Professor of Jewish Civilization. Her work is located at the intersection of Jewish studies, religion in North America, literature, material culture, and gender studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Religion from Columbia University and a B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Before coming to Lehigh, she spent eight years as a professor of Religious Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

Professor Eichler-Levine is the author of Suffer the Little Children: Uses of the Past in Jewish and African American Children’s Literature (NYU Press, 2013), which was reissued in paperback in 2015. In this work, she analyzes what is at stake in portraying religious history for young people, particularly when the histories in question are traumatic ones. Her publications have also appeared in American Quarterly, Shofar, and other journals.  Additionally, she has written for Religion Dispatches, Tikkun, Religion in American History (where her work was also featured), and the Christian Century Then and Now blog.

As an affiliate of the Berman Center for Jewish Studies and a member of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies core faculty, Dr. Eichler-Levine’s teaching encompasses a wide range of topics, including Jewish comics and graphic novels, religion and food; religious children’s literature; modern Jews; Jews, gender and sexuality; and religion, sci-fi, and fantasy. On the national level, she is currently the co-chair of  co-chair of the Association for Jewish Studies Women’s Caucus, and has served as co-chair of the American Academy of Religion’s Religion, Memory, History Group.

Future projects include a book length work on Jewish women, material culture, politics, and performance, currently titled Crafting Judaism: American Jewish Women and Creativity. Professor Eichler-Levine also continues to write on Jewish children’s literature and on race, ethnicity, and religion in the United States.

When she is not wearing her professional hats, Professor Eichler-Levine enjoys knitting, sci-fi and fantasy series (all-time favorite: Buffy the Vampire Slayer), the Boston Red Sox, and the Green Bay Packers. She lives in the Lehigh Valley with her husband and daughter. 

Courses (pre-fixes and numbers may shift). More to come.

  • REL 013: Religion and Food
  • REL 079: Religion and Fantasy Literature
  • REL/AAS/ENGL/JST 102: Promised Lands: Jewish and African American Children's Literature
  • REL/JST 156: Judaism and Comic Books
  • REL/JST/WGSS 138: Sex, Gender, Jews