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Lois C. Dubin


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Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Lois Dubin earned her B.A. (1974) from McGill University with honors in philosophy and political theory and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University (1980 and 1988), specializing in post-Biblical Jewish history and thought in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

Prior to joining the Smith Department of Religion in 1989, Dubin taught modern Jewish history and thought at Yale University and Hebrew College, Boston.

Dubin's scholarly interests include: early modern and modern Jewish history and thought; Jewish history in central and western Europe, especially Italy and Habsburg Monarch; Jewish intellectual history; Jewish legal status, politics and political theory; history of marriage and divorce; Jewish women's history, spirituality and theology; contemporary Judaism; and the study of ritual and ritual innovation.

Dubin's book The Port Jews of Habsburg Trieste: Absolutist Politics and Enlightenment Culture, Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999) was awarded the 2000 Barbara Jelavich Prize in Habsburg, Russian and Ottoman history by the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, and was a finalist in the 1999 National Jewish Book Awards, history category.