Dickinson Collegeted-merwin

Ted Merwin, Ph.D. is associate professor of religion and Judaic studies at Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pa), where he is the founding director of the Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life. He is the author of In Their Own Image: New York Jews in Jazz Age Popular Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2006), and Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Delicatessen (NYU Press, 2015), which won the 2015 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Jewish Education and Identity.

In addition to numerous scholarly articles on American Jewish culture in publications ranging from the Journal of American Ethnic History to the Sondheim Review, Ted has published articles in the New York Times, New York Daily NewsNew York PostWashington Post, Haaretz, New York Jewish Week, Forward, Moment, Hadassah, and many other publications across the English-speaking world. He also blogs on religion for the Huffington Post.

Lecture Topics: 

  • Homeland for the Jewish Soul: The History of the Jewish Deli in America
  • Where Harry Met Sally: The Jewish Deli in Pop Culture
  • Unbuttoned: Clothes and the Fashioning of American Jewish Comedy
  • From Chocolate Babka to Marble Rye: Food and Comedy in Seinfeld
  • Mixed Blessings: Jewish-Christian Intermarriage in American Comedy
  • Between the Sheets: Sex in Jewish Culture