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Caryn Aviv

Primary Area of Expertise

  • Israel and Jewish studies
  • Gender and sexuality

Also qualified to speak on topics in the following areas:

  • Sociology
  • Immigration
  • Wellness/health
  • Women’s issues
  • Diversity & ethnic conflict


Prof. Aviv’s work in Jewish studies focuses on contemporary Israeli society, culture, and politics. She has also published in the areas of global Jewish communities and LGBT Jewish issues. Aviv is a lecturer with the Marsico Initiative, a program of the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. She is an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Judaic Studies. Aviv is co-author, with David Shneer, of “Queer Jews” (Routledge 2002) and the forthcoming “Settled: The End of the Jewish Diaspora” (New York University Press 2005). She and Shneer are currently working on an undergraduate textbook entitled “Queer in America: Then and Now” (Paradigm Publishing 2006).  Aviv’s most recent book is titled “Unappointed Ambassadors: American Jews and Israeli-Palestinian Reconciliation.”  Her sociology research concerns the areas of gender and sexualities, women’s health, and breast cancer. Aviv is currently working on a 4-year study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, which looks at breast cancer survivorship among racially diverse women in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2003, Aviv co-founded Mosaic: The National Jewish Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, a non-profit organization that helps to create more inclusive Jewish communities.

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