Cara Rock-Singer

111 Queen Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Email: cds2145@columbia.edu
Telephone: (914) 714-3551

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Visiting Lecturer                                                                                                                      2017

Joint Appointment in the Departments of Near Eastern Studies (Jewish Studies Program) and Science and Technology Studies

 

EDUCATION

Columbia University, New York, NY                                                       Ph.D. Expected: June 2017

Ph.D. Candidate in Religion, North America Religions Subfield

Dissertation: “Prophetesses of the Body: American Jewish Feminism and The Politics of Embodied Knowledge”

General Exams: American Religious History (Pre-Civil War and Post-Civil War); Science and Religion; Theory and Method in the Study of Religion; Theories of Religious Transmission

The Conservative Yeshiva, Jerusalem, Israel                                                                 2013-2014

Primary Source Study of the Jewish Textual Tradition

Subjects: Tanakh, Mishnah, Talmud, Midrash, Halacha, Biblical Hebrew Grammar, Liturgy, Judaism and Gender

Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel                                                                             2011, 2013

Summer Ulpan (Hebrew Language Course) 

Levels: Aleph (2011), Dalet (2013)

Oxford University, Regent’s Park College, Oxford, England                                      2009-2010

M.St., Theology (Religion and Science)

Honors: Distinction

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ                                                                              2005-2009

Bachelor of Arts in Molecular Biology; Quantitative Computational Biology Certificate (Minor) 

Cumulative GPA: 3.775; Major GPA: 4.07
Honors: Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi (Science Research Society)
Thesis: Swi/Snf Chromatin Remodeling in Saccharomyces cerevisiae: Global Gene Expression and Nucleosome Positioning upon Glucose Starvation

 

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

Refereed Journal Articles

“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

Multi-Author Journal Articles

“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

Book Chapters

“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

Book Reviews

“Review: The Territories of Science and Religion by Peter Harrison.” The Revealer: A Review of Religion and Media, New York University, 19 February 2016

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

Second NA’AMAT USA Research Fellowship in Honor of Elizabeth J. Raider                                                                                     2017

AJS Women’s Caucus Innovative Scholarship in Gender and Jewish Studies Prize                                                                                2017

Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry Travel Grant                                                                                                         2016

Bernard and Muriel Bloom Fellowship                                                                                                                                                2016

Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University             

The Center for Science and Society Seed Grant, Columbia University                                                                                       2015-2016

Lead Teaching Fellow, Columbia University                                                                                                                               2015-2016

Academic Year Teaching Scholar, Columbia University                                                                                                               2015-2016

Teagle Teaching Fellow, Columbia University                                                                                                                             2014-2015

Summer Teaching Scholar, Columbia University                                                                                                                                 2014

Foreign Language Area Studies Summer Fellowship for Hebrew                                                                                                          2012

Blair Senior Thesis Award, Molecular Biology, Princeton University                                                                                                    2009

Highest Academic Achievement Prize, Quantitative Computational Biology, Princeton University                                                      2009

Best Senior Thesis Prize, Quantitative Computational Biology, Princeton University                                                                           2009

 

INVITED TALKS

“The Jewish Body Multiple: The Modern Mikveh Movement and the Creation of Secular Jewish Subjects,” Princeton University, Religion Department, December 6, 2016

“Our Bodies Our Health: Jewish Women's Healing Rituals,” Jewish Museum of Maryland, 6 November 2016

“Ethnographic Fieldwork: Using Film to Bring the Field into the Classroom,” Innovative Teaching Summer Institute, Columbia University, 14 July 2016

 

CONFERENCE ACTIVITY

“Jewish Women’s Healing and Medicine: Ancient to Contemporary Traditions” Upcoming at the Association for Jewish Studies, Washington, DC, December 2017

“Relational Technologies: Queer Bodies Performing Ritual Art,” Upcoming at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting; Cultural History of the Study of Religion Unit and Science, Technology, and Religion Unit; Boston, MA, November 2017

“Pregnant in the Field” Roundtable Participant, Upcoming at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting; Anthropology of Religion Unit; Boston, MA, November 2017

“Breaking Taboos” Panelist, Feminist Studies in Religion Conference at Drew University, Madison, NJ, June 18-21, 2017

“Kohenet’s Spiritual Materials: Altars, Archaeology and ‘Sacred Clutter Busting,’” Upcoming at Association for Jewish Studies, San Diego, CA, December 2016

Discussant, “Orthodoxy and Secularism in Modern America,” Upcoming at Association for Jewish Studies, San Diego, CA, December 2016

“Hadassah and the Making of a Pasteurized and Homogenized Land of Milk and Honey,” American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, June 2016

“Serving God with My Naked Body,” Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, MA, December 2015

"My Body is a Temple, And a Laboratory: Science and Religion at the Kohenet Priestess Training Institute," American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting; Religion, Science, and Technology Group; Atlanta, GA, November 2015

"Improvisational Reading: The Silent Dramatics of Kohenet Hebrew Priestesses,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting; Ritual Studies Group; Atlanta, GA, November 2015

“‘Geography Closest In’ and Transcendent: Israel, God, and the Female Body,” Leffell Seminar: Impact of Israel on American Jewry, West Harrison, NY, August 2015

"Who Shall Be Born? American Protestant Reactions to Reproductive Technologies and Eugenics," American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting; Bioethics Group; San Francisco, CA, November 2011

“Lived Religion and Technology: American Women’s Narratives on in vitro Fertilization,” Science & Religion in America: The 2011 American Studies Graduate Student Conference at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, September 2011

“Lived Religion and Technology: American Women’s Narratives on In Vitro Fertilization,” American Academy of Religion’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, New Brunswick, NJ, March 2011


CAMPUS OR DEPARTMENTAL TALKS

“Mirroring and Immersing: The Modern Mikveh Movement,” Religion Unwound, Columbia University Religion Department, New York, NY, April 2016

“Mirroring and Immersing: The Modern Mikveh Movement,” Columbia University Institute for the Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality Graduate Colloquium, New York, NY, April 2016

“Our Bodies, Our Judaism,” Columbia Sociology Graduate Student Conference; New York, NY, April 2016

“Carrying the Weight of Women’s Experience: Reflections on Being Pregnant in the Field,” Religion Unwound, Columbia University Religion Department, New York, NY, April 2015

“Louis Finkelstein’s ‘Jewish Catholic America’: The 1940 Conference on Science, Philosophy, and Religion at the Jewish Theological Seminary,” Neighbors in Jewish Studies: IIJS Young Scholars Conference, New York, NY, June 2013

“Louis Finkelstein’s ‘Jewish Catholic America’: The 1940 Conference on Science, Philosophy, and Religion at the Jewish Theological Seminary,” Religion in America University Seminar at Columbia University, New York, NY, May 2013

“Reaching for God and the Next Generation: Texts, Mystics, and Old-World Magic,” Columbia University Religion Department Graduate Student Conference, New York, NY, April 2013 

“Religious Experience Reconsidered, Again,” Religion Unwound, Columbia University Religion Department, New York, NY, March 2013

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE 

Jewish Women and the Body of Tradition, Cornell University                                                                                                      Fall 2017

Atoms and Eve: Science and Religion in America, Columbia University                                                                                   Spring 2016

Atoms and Eve: Science and Religion in America, Columbia University                                                                                Summer 2014

 

Teaching Assistant, Columbia University

Freud and Derrida, Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                                      Spring 2015

Religion in America II, Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                                Spring 2013

Religion in America I, Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                                      Fall 2012

Religion in America II, Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                                Spring 2012

Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                   Fall 2011

SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION

Facilitator, Crafting Syllabi and Teaching Assistant Orientation Workshops, Lead Teaching Fellow Workshops, Columbia University, 2015-2016

President, Columbia Religion Graduate Student Association, 2015-2016

Organizer and Facilitator, Gender and Authority in the Classroom Panel, Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning, 25 March 2015

Rapporteur, Religions in America University Seminar, Columbia University, 2014-2016

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Adjunct Fellow, Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2016-2017

Co-Facilitator, Science, Technology, and Religion Reading Group, 2015-2016

Oral Historian, David Weiss Halivni and Women’s Ordination, 2014

Consultant, Jewish Museum of Maryland, Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America, 2013-2016 

Research Assistant, Social Science Research Council, New Directions in the Study of Prayer, 2012

Participant at Brocher-Hastings Center Summer Academy, Human Enhancement: Medical, Ethical, and Legal Implications, Geneva, Switzerland, July 2011

Research Assistant and Conference Coordinator, Social Science Research Council, Project on Spirituality, Political Engagement, and Public Life, 2011

Research Assistant, Revd. Dr. Michael Moynagh, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University, 2010

Undergraduate Research, Broach Lab, Princeton University, 2008-2009

Undergraduate Research, Dunham Lab, Princeton University, 2006

Research Internship, Palese Lab, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 2004-2005

 

RESEARCH LANGUAGES

Hebrew, French, German

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Academy of Religion, Association for Jewish Studies, American Jewish Historical Society, Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry

 

REFERENCES

Courtney Bender, Professor and Chair, Department of Religion, Columbia University
80 Claremont Avenue, New York, NY 10027
Email: cb337@columbia.edu
Telephone: (212) 851-4134

Gil Anidjar, Professor, Department of Religion, Columbia University
80 Claremont Avenue, New York, NY 10027
Email: ga152@columbia.edu
Telephone: (212) 851-4130

Joshua Dubler, Assistant Professor, Department of Religion and Classics, University of Rochester
249 Edgerton Street, Rochester, NY 14607
Email: Joshua.dubler@rochester.edu
Telephone: (609) 610-5687

Laura Levitt, Professor of Religion, Jewish Studies, and Gender, Temple University
641 Anderson Hall
1114 West Polett Walk, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122
Email: llevitt@temple.edu
Telephone: (215) 204-4745