CAMPUS: Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, 721 Broadway, 6th floor, New York, NY 10003.
HOME: 231A Bowery, New York, NY 10002-1237.
Ph.D. 1972 (Folklore), Indiana University
A.B. 1966 (English Literature), University of California, Berkeley
1962-1965 (Honor English Literature), University of Toronto.
ACADEMIC AND ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS:
University Professor, New York University, 2002-
Professor (1981- ) and Chairperson (1981-1992) of Performance Studies, New York University
Affiliated faculty, Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies 1986- , New York University
Visiting Professor in the School of Creative and Performing Arts, University of Auckland, 2000-
Adjunct Professor, University of Auckland, 1998
Visiting Faculty (1996-), Master's Program in Jewish Art and Material Culture, The Graduate School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and The Jewish Museum.
Faculty (1995), Summer Program: History, Culture, and Experience of East European Jews, New York University and Zaklad Historii i Kultury Zydow w Polsce, Jagiellonian University (Cracow).
Visiting Professor of Folklore, International School of America 1983-84.
Associate Professor of Folklore and Folklife 1973-80, and Chairperson, Undergraduate Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory 1978-80, University of Pennsylvania.
Visiting professor of Yiddish Studies, Department of Linguistics, Columbia University, and Max Weinreich Center for Advanced Jewish Studies, YIVO, 1972-1992.
Visiting Associate Professor of Folklore, Indiana University, summer 1976. Assistant Professor of Anthropology 1970-73 and English 1971-73, University of Texas, Austin
Assistant Director 1970-73 and Archivist 1971-73, Center for Intercultural Studies in Folklore and Oral History, University of Texas, Austin.
Grants, Painted Memories: A Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust, with Mayer Kirshenblatt. Toronto Jewish Arts Council, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, 2005
New York University Humanities Council, 2006
Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, 2006
Grant, The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times, The Posen Foundation, 2005.
Fellow, Center for Advanced Jewish Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2001.
Fellow, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, Uppsala, 1999.
University of Auckland Foundation Visitor, New Zealand, 1998.
Senior Faculty Development Grant, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, 1998.
Winston Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University (Research Group--Visual Culture and Modern Jewish Society, organized by Richard Cohen and Ezra Mendelsohn), 1996.
Participant, School of American Research (Santa Fe) (Advanced Seminar--Material Culture: Habitats and Values, organized by Annette Weiner and Fred Myers), 1996.
Getty Scholar, Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities (Santa Monica) (Jews as an Anthropological Subject During the Cold War) 1991-92.
Residency, Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Conference and Study Center (Performing Culture) 1991.
ACLS fellowship in East European Studies (intellectual history of Jewish folkloristics) 1989-90.
Guggenheim fellowship (vernacular culture in New York) 1986-87.
NYU Humanities Council grant (interdisciplinary curriculum) 1986.
Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture grants (intellectual history of Jewish folkloristics) 1989-90, (Jewish ceremonial art research) 1980-81, (Yiddish folksong documentation) 1973-75.
New York Council for the Humanities grants (conferences on the vernacular culture of New York City) 1979, ++80.
National Endowment for the Humanities grants (photographic history of Jewish life in Poland, 1864-1939) 1976-77, (Yiddish folksong project) 1973-1975.
National Endowment for the Arts grants (Yiddish folksong record) 1976-77.
National Jewish Book Award for Writing a Modern Jewish History: Essays in honor of Salo W. Baron, 2006
Distinguished Humanist, Melton Center for Jewish Studies at Ohio State University, 2003
.Folklore Fellow, Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, Helsinki 1990-.
Fellow, New York Institute for the Humanities 1990-91
Fellow, American Anthropological Association.
Cited by American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, for one of best folklore recordings of 1986 (^ ).
Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Pennsylvania 1976.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND OFFICES (selected):
American Folklore Society, elected president 1988-92, executive board 1976-77, second vice-president 1974-76; American Folklore Society delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies 1998-2006
New York Folklore Society, executive board 1985-88, 1980-83
Pennsylvania Folklore Society, president 1975-76
American Anthropological Association
Association for Jewish Studies
Americ Academy of Religion
American Studies Association
Association for Jewish Studies
American Association of Museums
ICOM (International Committee on Museums)
ICOFOM (International Committee for Museology)
College Art Association
Association for Jewish Studies
Board Member, 2005-
Women’s Caucus, board member, 2004-2007
Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, leader of the core exhibition development team, 2006- ; Academic Advisory Committee, 2002- ; Board of Directors, North American Council, MHPJ, 2002
Jewgie Social Networking Platform
Jewish Music Festival, San Francisco.
Performance Studies International, 1997-2000
Museum of Jurassic Technology (Los Angeles), 1997- .
World Food Museum, 1992- .
Living Traditions (New York), 1994- .
Institute for History of Mentalities (New Zealand), Executive Committee, 1992- .
City Lore: New York Center for Urban Folk Culture, president of the board, 1986-1991, board member, 1991-
Max Weinreich Center for Advanced Jewish Studies (YIVO), Executive Board, 1974-.
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, chair, Subcommittee on Research, 1975-82, member of Commission on Research and Training, 1974-82.
Mediating Anne Frank: A Colloquium, Working Group on Jews, Media, and Religion, Center for Religion and Media, New York University, 2005. Co-organizer with Jeffrey Shandler.
Centre for Performance Research (Wales)--Performance, Food and Cookery 1994 (Chair), Performance, Tourism, and Identity 1996 (Chair).
New York Folklore Society 50th Anniversary History Project (1992-93).
New York Institute for the Humanities, Times Square, The Making of a National Culture 1988-89.
Smithsonian Institution and Rockefeller Foundation, The Poetics and Politics of Representation 1987-88.
Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, leader of the core exhibition development team, 2006- ; Academic Advisory Committee, 2002- ; Board of Directors, North American Council, MHPJ, 2002- .
Assessing the Impact of Culture and the Arts on Jewish Identity Building, a Research Project for the Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal of the UJA-Federation of New York
Reboot Poll: Research project on Jewish youth, New York. 2005-
Machon Limudim Mitkadmim, research project on Orthodoxy and media, 2005-
Association for Museum History, Steering Committee, 2004
Social Science Research Council, Arts Committee, 2002-2004
Smithsonian Institution, Advisory Council for the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, 1992-2006 .
Jewish Women’s Archive, Academic Advisory Committee, 1998-
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe College, Advisory Committee, 1997-2002 .
Central European University, Planning Session for Jewish Studies Program (Budapest), 1996.
American Friends of the Medem Library (Paris), Advisory Committee, 1996- .
Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities (renamed Getty Research Institute), Visiting Committee, 1995-1999 .
Stanford Humanities Center, Advisory Board, 1996-1999, 1999-2002.
Arts International's International Explorations Initiative (1995-1996).
National Foundation for Jewish Culture, Academic Advisory Committee, 1992- .
Jewish Book Council, 1992-3,
Los Angeles Festival of the Arts, Steering Committee, 1992-1996.
UCLA World Arts and Culture Program, Steering Committee, 1992-; External reviewer for UCLA Interdepartmental Program in Folklore and Mythology, 1993; External reviewer for UCLA Department of Dance, proposal for PhD, 1990.
Cooperative Agreement between Moscow State Historical Archival Institute (USSR), Jewish Theological Seminary, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, academic advisory committee 1990-
Grey Art Gallery Visiting Committee, 1990s.
Research Center for Language and Semiotic Studies, Indiana University, 1989, 1990 (chair), 1991.
National Endowment for the Arts, Folk Arts Division, panelist 1989.
National Endowment for the Humanities, panelist for Museum Division 1987, 1986, Media Division 1980, Research Division 1980.
New York State Council on the Arts, folk arts/museum aid panelist 1981-86.
Social Science Research Council, Committee on New York, 1986-87.
International School of America, Advisory Council, 1984-.
Co-convener, Working Group on Jews, Media, and Religion, Center for Religion and Media, New York University, 2003-
Senses & SocietyI (2004-)
Museum & Society (2002- )