Dr. Bruce A. Phillips, Professor of Sociology and Jewish Communal Service at the Jack H. Skirball Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Los Angeles, was installed as a member of the HUC-JIR Board of Governors at its meeting in Cincinnati on October 31, 2016.
“We welcome Dr. Phillips, a distinguished scholar and member of our faculty, whose expertise in the sociology and demography of the North American Jewry provides vital guidance for our mission to prepare leaders serving the changing Jewish community,” stated Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., HUC-JIR President.
Dr. Phillips 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.
In addition to his position at HUC-JIR, Dr. Phillips is Senior Research Fellow at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture where he is conducting research on religion in California. He is a board member of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry and a member of the editorial board of Contemporary Jewry.