Assistant Professor of Jewish Civilization; Assistant Director, Center for Jewish Civilization
Jessica Roda joined the CJC in the fall of 2018 as an Assistant Professor of Jewish Civilization. She is an anthropologist and ethnomusicologist trained in European and North American schools and has published several peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and a monograph (Se réinventer au present. Les Judéo-espagnols de France, 2018, Presses Universitaires de Rennes) on the political implications of Sephardic and Arab-Jewish music in France, Spain, and Morocco. Dr. Roda is currently working on a second manuscript based on her ethnography of Hasidic life in Montreal and New York City (Performing Hasidicness. Ultra-Orthodox Jews on Stage and on Screen in North America).
She teaches the courses “Music, Politics, and International Affairs,” “Geopolitics of the Holocaust” with Father Patrick Desbois, “Jewish and Muslim Relationship through the Art,” and “Jewish Fundamentalism?”.
Areas of expertise: Performance, Music, International Cultural Politics, Hasidic Judaism, Jews of the Arab land