AMHERST – Professor Rachel Rubinstein, associate professor of American Studies and Jewish Studies, and Dean of Student Academic Support and Advising at Hampshire College received an honorable mention for her book “Members of the Tribe: Native America in the Jewish Imagination” in the Cultural Studies and Media Studies category of the 2012 Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards of the Association for Jewish Studies.
“Rachel Rubinstein’s Members of the Tribe incisively and insightfully traces the complex imaginative relation between American Indians and American Jews,” the prize committee wrote. “In a series of compelling readings, she shows how Indians, themselves frequently understood as Jews, or at least the 10 lost tribes of Israel, provided a model for Jewish self-construction, literary, cultural and otherwise, from the nineteenth-century to th
e present day. Erudite, wide-ranging, and beautifully written, the book represents a new generation of scholarship willing and able to connect Jewish Studies with the best current work in American and ethnic studies.”
The Schnitzer Book Award was established in 2007 to recognize and promote outstanding scholarship in the field of Jewish Studies and to honor scholars whose work embodies the best in the field: innovative research, excellent writing, and sophisticated methodology.