Pratima Gopalakrishnan is a PhD candidate at Yale University in the department of religious studies (Ancient Judaism). Her research interests include rabbinics, women and gender, and social history. These days she is particularly interested in how rabbinic literature circumscribes women’s roles in childbirth, motherhood, and other domestic realms assumed to be the exclusive province of women. Prior to attending Yale, Pratima obtained a B.A. in religious studies and economics at the University of Virginia, and a M.A. in rabbinic literature at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati). She is a native of New Delhi and northern Virginia, but currently resides in New Haven with her cat/confidante.