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Josh Lambert is the Academic Director of the Yiddish Book Center and Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the author of American Jewish Fiction: A JPS Guide (2009), and Unclean Lips: Obscenity, Jews, and American Culture (2014), which won a Jordan Schnitzer Book Award from the Association of Jewish Studies and a Canadian Jewish Book Award. He serves as contributing editor to Tablet, and has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Haaretz, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Globe & Mail, and the Forward.

Lectures:

  • “Strange Times to Be a Jew”: American Jewish Literature in the 21st Century
  • “Are Jews Pornographers?”: Obscenity and Jews in America, from the Comstock Laws to Sarah Silverman
  • Jewish Literature as Conspiracy
  • What can we learn from American Jewish Fiction?