Pratima Gopalakrishnan joins the Duke Center for Jewish Studies


The Duke University Center for Jewish Studies is delighted to announce that Dr. Pratima Gopalakrishnan will join the Duke Center for Jewish Studies in the Fall 2020 as the Perilman Post-Doctoral Fellow.  Dr. Gopalakrishnan is a historian of Near Eastern Jewish communities in the first millennium CE, with particular interests in topics that include free and unfree labor, sexuality, and economic history. Currently a fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at University of Pennsylvania, she will receive her PhD in Religious Studies from Yale University this Spring.  Prior to her studies at Yale, she obtained an MA in Jewish Studies from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and she holds a BA in Religious Studies and Economics from the University of Virginia.  While at Duke, Dr. Gopalakrishnan will continue her research into questions of how rabbinic discussions of familial relationships reorganize labor and dependencies within the household, and she will explore ways in which Jewish texts reflect the entanglement of agricultural and domestic economies in the late antique Near Eastern milieu.  In addition to her activities within the scholarly communities at Duke, Dr. Gopalakrishnan will also have the opportunity to work with our undergraduates, including offering a first year seminar in the Fall.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Gopalakrishnan to Duke!