Kimberly Arkin

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Kimberly A. Arkin is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Boston University. She is a cultural anthropologist broadly interested in the production and contestation of national, religious, racial, and gendered identities in France and Western Europe more generally.  Her book, Rhinestones, Religion, and the Republic: Fashioning Jewishness in France, explores the racialization of Jewishness among second- and third-generation North African Jewish adolescents, arguing that it is both a mode of asserting relative Frenchness and a major barrier to feeling “at home” in France.

Kimberly Arkin on MRB

Beyond Colonial Classification. On Sarah Stein’s Saharan Jews and the Fate of French Algeria.

Jewish Families: From Babylon to Brooklyn and Back Again. On Jonathan Boyarin’s Jewish Families.