Jewish Studies welcomes new Assistant Prof.

September 21, 2020

The program welcomes Assistant Professor Noah Tamarkin as a new faculty member this fall with joint promotion in the Departments of Anthropology and Science & Technology Studies. He will teach a new course on race and religion this semester.

Dr. Tamarkin received his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Tamarkin is a political and legal anthropologist of race, citizenship, and genomics with interdisciplinary commitments to Science and Technology Studies, African Studies, and Jewish Studies. His research projects examine how DNA transforms power and politics as it becomes unevenly part of everyday life through technologies like ancestry testing and criminal forensics. Tamarkin has conducted ethnographic field research in South Africa since 2004. At Cornell, he will teach courses in anthropology, science & technology studies, and Jewish studies on race; religion; borders and belonging; policing and carcerality; and biology and society. He is also a research associate at University of Witwatersrand’s Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) in Johannesburg, South Africa and a member of the editorial collective of Somatosphere: Science, Medicine, and Anthropology.

New Course: Race and Religion (JWST 3471)

crosslisted: ANTHR 3471, JWST/ANTHR 6471

This course considers race and religion as critical sites of lived experience and anthropological analysis with implications for how we approach difference and belonging, violence and inequality, and historical and contemporary forms of power. How does race matter when thinking about religion, how does religion matter when thinking about race, and how can we think race and religion together? In aiming to think race and religion together, this course does not take either term for granted. Rather, it considers racialization of religion and other racial-religious articulations as open questions. Topics include Jews and otherness; colonial convergences of race and religion; and religion, race, and place.

Noah Tamarkin