Jennifer Grayson, Ph.D.

Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Assistant Professor of History

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school/program: Pines School of Graduate Studies, Rabbinical School (US)
academic field: History
campus: Cincinnati

Jennifer Grayson, Ph.D., serves as Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Assistant Professor of History at HUC-JIR. She also holds a secondary affiliation as Assistant Professor of History at Xavier University in Cincinnati.  

Dr. Grayson researches the social and political history of Arabic-speaking Jewish communities in the medieval Islamic world, primarily through the documents of the Cairo Geniza. She is currently revising her book manuscript on the relationship between Jews and the state in Abbasid Baghdad and is beginning a project exploring the history of childbirth among Jews in medieval Egypt.

Dr. Grayson teaches a variety of classes at both HUC and Xavier on medieval and modern Jewish history and the social and political history of the premodern Mediterranean. 

Dr. Grayson holds a Ph.D. in History from The Johns Hopkins University (2017); an M.Phil. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Cambridge (2013), where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar; and an A.B. in History and Late Antique Cultures from Brown University (2011).

The World of the Cairo Geniza: The Jews of Medieval Islam

Jewish History and the Jewish Future: The Cairo Geniza and the Shifting Boundaries of the Jewish Community

Maimonides and Medieval Jewish Interpretations of Gender

Medieval Jewish History

Early Modern Jewish History

Jewish Travelers in the Middle Ages

Race, Religion, and Exclusion in the Medieval Mediterranean

Philosophies of History (with Dr. David H. Aaron)

Classical Arabic (Independent Study)

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2017

M.Phil., University of Cambridge, 2013

A.B., Brown University, 2011