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Cara Rock-Singer

Visiting Lecturer

Morrill Hall, Room 323b

Educational Background

Columbia University, Department of Religion, Ph.D. 2018

Columbia University, Department of Religion, M.Phil. 2013, MA 2012

Oxford University, MSt, Theology (Religion and Science) 2010

Princeton University, Molecular Biology, B.A. 2009



I received my B.A. in Molecular Biology from Princeton (2009), M.St. in Theology with a focus on Religion and Science from Oxford (2010), and my Ph.D. in Columbia University's Religion Department (2018). As a scholar of North American Religions, my research and teaching center on the relationship among gender, Judaism and science in the contemporary United States. My dissertation, "Prophetesses of the Body: American Jewish Feminism and The Politics of Embodied Knowledge," traces how women's bodies engage structures of power and produce opportunities for change within American Jewish communal life. Melding institutional archives, ethnographic observation, and Jewish texts, my project casts light not only on contemporary American Jewry, but also on the negotiations among religion, science and secularism in contemporary America.


  • Jewish Studies Program
  • Science and Technology Studies


Judaism in America

Transnational Feminism

Religion, Science, and Gender

American Secularism and Spirituality




“A Prophetic Guide for a Perplexed World: Louis Finkelstein and the 1940 Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion.” Accepted contingent upon revisions in Religion and American Culture


“A New System for Comparative Functional Genomics of Saccharomyces Yeast.” Genetics, September 2013

“Chromatin remodelers clear nucleosomes from intrinsically unfavorable sites to establish nucleosome-depleted regions at promoters.” Molecular Biology of the Cell, 22(12), 15 June 2011


“Chicken Soup: Women and the Making of the Modern Jewish Home and Nation.” Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America, Jewish Museum of Maryland, 2016