Alanna E. Cooper
147 Bay State Road, Suite 408
Boston, MA 02215
T: 617.353.3088; F: 617.358.3807
Spring 2012 Office Hours: Tues 11:30am-12:30pm, Thurs 1:30-2:30pm
Alanna E. Cooper is an anthropologist and Jewish cultural historian who has held teaching and research positions at Harvard University, University of Michigan, Hebrew College and the University of Massachusetts. She studies Jews of Muslim lands, with a particular focus on Central Asia’s Bukharan Jews. Theoretically, she looks at gender, ritual, identity, oral history and historiography to explore the relationship between Judaism as a global religion, and its local forms. Dr. Cooper’s first book, Bukharan Jews and the Dynamics of Global Judaism is forthcoming with Indiana University Press. Her recent publications include “Rituals of Mourning among Central Asia’s Bukharan Jews” published in Revisioning Ritual: Jewish Traditions in Transition (ed. Simon Bronner, 2011) and “Where Have all the Jews Gone: Mass Migration and Uzbekistan’s Independence” to appear in The Divergence of Judaism and Islam (ed. Michael Lasker and Yaacov Lev, 2011).