Office: Ladd 205A
Phone: (518) 580-8406
- Ph.D. from The University of Chicago (2003)
- M.A. from The University of Chicago (1988)
- B.A. from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1987)
Podcasts and Interviews:
- Tang Museum|Graphic Jews: Negotiating Identity in Sequential Art
- Podcast series: Voices on Antisemitism, September 4, 2014 (click on “listen now” next to Prof. Spinner's picture for the transcript to pop up and the audio to begin)
Teaching and Research Interests:
- History of Religions: Myth, Mysticism, Millennialism, Material Religion, Visual Culture)
- Jewish Studies (Bible, Midrash, Kabbalah, Graphic Novels)
- Christian and Muslim scriptures, and their interpretations
- Strong interests in Ritual Studies and Gender Studies
- “Misconceptions: Female Imaginations and Male Fantasies in Parental Imprinting” (with Wendy Doniger), Daedalus 127:1 (1998), 97-129.
- “Suffering, Jewish Concepts of,” in The Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions (ABC-CLIO, 2007).
- “The Use and Abuse of Morphology,” in Religion, Fiction, and History: Essays in Memory of Ioan Petru Culianu (Bucharest: Nemira, 2001), II: 158-189.