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photoReligious Studies Hires new Assistant Professor of American Religions for the Fall, 2015

Samira K. Mehta is a historian and ethnographer of American religion, specializing in religion and the family in the United States. Dr. Mehta uses a wide array of materials in both her research and teaching (including traditional archival material like letters, diaries, and official documents, and elements of popular and material culture like novels, picture books, movies, television shows, memoirs, music, food, photos, and objects) to explore the religious practices of American families. She is currently finishing a book called Beyond Chrismukkah: Christian–Jewish Blended Families in the United States and starting a new book project, "God Bless the Pill: Sexuality, Contraception, and American Religion." Dr. Mehta has previously taught at Emory University, Allegheny College, and Fairfield University. She also spent a year working at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, thinking about outreach to interfaith families and to LGBTQ-identified Jews. She got her PhD at Emory University, her Master of Divinity at Harvard, and her Bachelor of Arts at Swarthmore. She is excited to be back in southeastern Pennsylvania.