Ellie Ash is a doctoral student in the Religion and Society track, focusing on contemporary American Judaism and working under Nancy Ammerman. She is interested in the social construction of religious commitment and the influence of formal religious ideology on lay practices and understandings. Her research focuses on relationships with Jewish law, religious authority, and liberal values in a partnership minyan community in the United States. She has a BA in Linguistics from Stanford University (2012) and an MA in Social Science from the University of Chicago (2016).