Postdoctoral Abd el-Kader Fellow
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Jeff received his PhD in sociology from Yale University in 2013. His work examines the relationships between knowledge, tradition, and practices, especially in religion, science, and education. Other interests include sociological theory and methodology, the sociology of literature, and postcolonial studies.
His first book project is based on his dissertation, a comparative ethnography of two Sunni Muslim and two Evangelical Christian high schools in the New York City area. Tentatively titled The Work of Knowing: Science, Religion, and Tradition in Sunni and Evangelical Schools, the book explores the importance of prayer, scripture, science, and gender at the four schools as a means of explaining the relative moral salience of the theory of evolution. His next book, Less, is a historical and ethnographic examination of asceticism in Muslim, Christian, and secular contexts. Between these two projects, Jeff is also involved in the School Cultures and Student Formation Project as the lead researcher for the public schools sector. Articles in progress include an analysis of the correlation between creationism and climate change denial, a critique of interview methods, and a "formal theory of scripture."
He holds a Modern Middle East Studies Graduate Certificate from Yale and studied at the Ibero American University in Mexico City, Mexico and the French Institute in Damascus, Syria.