Doctoral Student Spotlights

Arielle Levites

Education and Jewish Studies

I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
I was looking for a program that would give me access to a wide range of scholars and research methodologies, while still providing an integrative space to explore my passion: Jewish education.
In 5 or 10 years I hope to:
Feel as excited about my work as I do now.
One of the things I enjoy doing in New York City when I'm not being a doctoral student:
Taking the train home every night to Philadelphia.
My favorite place to get coffee or eat around NYU:
The vegan dosa cart for lunch and Oren's for coffee.
Focus of my research of scholarship:
Contemporary American Jewish Spirituality
I'm interested in this topic because:
It's fascinating to see how, through their performance of "spirituality," Jews signal their acceptance and/or rejection of larger American religious values.
Academic or other experience that most influenced my choice of doctoral study:
Visiting an ashram in India and being surprised by how many people there identified as Jewish.
Research or scholar I most admire:
Bethamie Horowitz - She's a creative thinker and a generous mentor.
Professor who has influenced me the most:
Carol Gilligan
Scholarly presentation of my work I'm most proud of:
I am working on my first piece for publication now - so ask me again next month!
What I like most about being part of a community of doctoral students:
I love not having to censor my nerdiness.

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Career Goals:
Professor and/or researcher
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Wexner Graduate Fellowship