Bruce A. Phillips' article "From the Ends of the West: My Jewish Demographic Narrative" appears in the most recent publication of Contemporary Jewry, a peer-reviewed academic journal published annually by the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry. Contemporary Jewry focuses on the subject of the sociology of Jewry, however, articles on Jews and Judaism based on other social sciences as well as history are published as well.
Dr. Phillips, a professor of Sociology and Jewish Communal Service at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, has been among the leading researchers in the sociology of American Jewry for over three decades. He served on the National Technical Advisory Committees for the 1990 and 2000 National Jewish Population Surveys and advised the recent Pew study. He has conducted local Jewish population surveys in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, Phoenix, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Houston. His published work covers a wide variety of topics from Iranians and Israelis in the United States to Jewish suburbanization, Jewish education, the economics of Jewish life, and the Jews of Los Angeles. His current research projects include the impact of migration and community size on the Jewish affiliations of new migrants, multi-racial studies as a lens for understanding Jews of mixed parentage, applying the work of economists to understanding intermarriage, and a historical study of race and place in Los Angeles, 1920-1930.