Ph.D. University of California-Berkeley, 2002
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Dept. Phone: (405) 325-3271
Dr. Misha Klein is Associate Professor of Anthropology, a core affiliate in Women’s and Gender Studies, and an affiliate in the Departments of Judaic Studies and International and Area Studies. She is the Chair of the Clyde Snow Social Justice Award Committee, sponsored by OU’s Center for Social Justice, and a recipient of the 2019 Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Award. Her monograph, Kosher Feijoada and Other Paradoxes of Jewish Life in São Paulo, explores the intersecting meanings of race, class, and belonging for the transnational and multicultural Jewish population in Brazil. Other publications include: “Privileges of the First World: Reflections on Another Life in Brazil” in the volume Detours: Travel and the Ethics of Research in the Global South; an essay in the Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Jewish Cultures on anthropological contributions to Jewish Studies, both historical and through the “new Jewish ethnography”; and an article co-authored with historian Michel Gherman (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil), “Entre ‘conversos’ e ‘desconversos’: O caso da influência da Nova Direita Brasileira sobre a comunidade judaica do Rio de Janeiro,” published in Argentina’s Estudios Sociales del Estado. The latter is the first publication resulting from an interdisciplinary collaboration that considers the changing concept of race in Brazil; the circulation of transnational discourses on race, Israel, Zionism, and anti-Semitism; the shifting political landscape in Brazil, including the rise of the evangelical right-wing; the reverberations among leftist activists; and the impact of all of this on Jewish identity and political participation in Brazil.
Klein, Misha. 2021. “Ruth Behar,” Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia, Jewish Women’s Archive: https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/behar-ruth.
Klein, Misha. 2019. “Privileges of the First World: Reflections on Another Life in Brazil,” in Detours: Travel and the Ethics of Research in the Global South, M. Bianet Castellanos, ed. Pp. 21-51. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
Gherman, Michel and Misha Klein. 2019. “Entre ‘conversos’ e ‘desconversos’: O caso da influência da Nova Direita Brasileira sobre a comunidade judaica do Rio de Janeiro.” Estudios Sociales del Estado (Argentina) 5(9): 101-123.
Klein, Misha. 2014. “Teaching about Jewishness in the Heartland.” Special issue of Shofar, edited by Alan Levinson, 32(4): 89-104.
Klein, Misha. 2014. “Anthropology,” in The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Jewish Cultures, Laurence Roth and Nadia Valman, eds. Pp. 17-34. London: Routledge.
Klein, Misha, Douglas Vanderbilt, and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett. 2014. “PTSD and Breastfeeding: Let It Flow.” ICAN: Infant, Child, and Adolescent Nutrition 20(10): 211-215.
Klein, Misha. 2012. Kosher Feijoada and Other Paradoxes of Jewish Life in São Paulo. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
Klein, Misha. 2010. “Brazil” lemma for the Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Norman A. Stillman, Editor. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, vol. 1: 494-498.
Klein, Misha. 2004. “‘Afro-Ashkenazim’ e Outras Experiências com Identidade,” In Experiência Cultural Judaica no Brasil: Recepção, Inclusão e Ambivalência, Monica Grin and Nelson Vieira, eds., Rio de Janeiro: Editora Topbooks, pp. 249-271.