Nathan P. Devir

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University of Utah
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Nathan P. Devir is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Utah, where he also serves as Director of the Middle East Center and the Religious Studies Program. His publications include a monograph, New Children of Israel: Emerging Jewish Communities in an Era of Globalization (, and essays in Biblical Reception, Jewish Culture and History, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, Nashim, Religion and the Arts, Studies in American Jewish Literature, and other scholarly venues. He has received numerous honors for his research on worldwide Judaizing movements, including awards from the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, the Centre for Advanced Holocaust Studies, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, the Earhart Foundation, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Posen Foundation, the Reed Foundation, and the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry. Publications related to the study of new media, religion and digital culture include the following: “Popular Perceptions of Israelite Genealogy in Madagascar: Dissociating Bio-racial Signifiers from Mainstream Jewish Religious Practice.” In African Jewish Journeys. Eds. Marla Brettschneider, Edith Bruder, and Magdel le Roux. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming 2018. “Propagating Modern Jewish Identity in Madagascar: A Contextual Analysis of One Community’s Discursive Strategies.” In Connected Jews: Expressions of Community in Analogue and Digital Culture. Eds. Caspar Battegay, Simon J. Bronner, and Andrea Lieber. Oxford: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, forthcoming 2018. “The ‘Internet Jews’ of Cameroon: Inside the Digital Matrix of Globalized Judaism.” In The Shadow of Moses: New Jewish Movements in Africa and the Diaspora. Eds. Daniel Lis, William F. S. Miles, and Tudor Parfitt. Los Angeles: African Academic Press/Marymount Institute Press/Tsehai Publishers, 2016. 113–130.
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